BY DAILY NATION

Acting Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has shut down the Presbyterian University of East Africa.

Matiang’i has also ordered the Commission for University Education (CUE) to start winding up the university.

The closure follows a recommendation from the CUE. In a report to the CS dated January 22, CUE recommended that the letter of interim authority awarded to the university in 2007 be revoked.

“The university had defaulted on remittance of staff salaries, deduction to financial institutions, leading to some staff members being listed at credit reference bureau,” reads the report.

The report adds that at the School of Education, one academic leader did not have requisite qualifications in the field of education and most of the staff records did not have copies of academic certificates.

The university was found to run seven degree programmes and 27 non-degree programmes.

The report adds that in 2017/2018, students enrolled in degree programmes were 1, 032 while diploma, certificate and pre-university programmes were 359.

The ratio of full time staff (56) to part time (33) academic staff members was found to be approximately 2:1 (1:6:1).

PUEA first admitted students in 2008 after it was issued with a letter of interim on August 10, 2007, it was yet to get a charter.