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Byflorence wairimu

Aug 17, 2020

Egerton University Vice-Chancellor Rose Awour plans to send 400 employees home in covid-19 cash chaos.

The Egerton University has a plan to send more than 400 employees home as it grapples with a financial crisis by covid-19 pandemic. In the report done by the Institution, shows that University has proposed to retrench staff to ease payroll burden. This has already been approved by the University Council.

The decision will reduce the pay roll cost by Sh38.7 million per month. The council says that the annual pay roll of the Institution is Sh464.4 million.

VC Professor Rose Mwoya said that the University has requested government to consider providing Sh589.7 million to finance the exercise. She added and said that university has implemented strict austerity measures to cut costs.

“The institution will start paying full salaries only if government capitation is enhanced. As from January 2021, we expect that we will be able to start paying outstanding salaries accruing since April 2020, starting with those who are retiring or leaving services for any reason,”. She said

Government funding has been shrinking since 2015.The University Academic Staff Union Secretary General Constastine Wasonga has already written to the university demanding the payment of academic staff salaries as indicated in the 2017-2021 collective bargaining argument [CBA].

Dr Wasonga says that the report plainly describes financial challenges faced by university, it neither presents a credible strategy to move university out of its current financial predicaments nor a useful proposal to pay the balance of unpaid staff salaries.

From the report, the university has no source of funding except from students who are now out of session due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The report indicates that the university is only able to internally generate revenue when students are in session on campus and since closure in March, it has been impossible to generate revenue. Dr Wasonga dismissed the argument that pandemic has hurt Egerton University more than other universities. He added and said that universities are continuing to offer learning through innovative mechanism and are collecting fees from students.

In his addition, he said university should offer credible workable acceptable and creative proposals to mitigate impact of covid-19 pandemic therefore no academic jobs should be lost.  

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