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Hefty pay, perks for retired VCs terminated

A past graduation ceremony. Retired VCs and their deputies who  returned to the previous teaching jobs were guaranteed pay, perks as well as a driver and car financed by taxpayers. file photo | nmg
A past graduation ceremony. Retired VCs and their deputies who returned to the previous teaching jobs were guaranteed pay, perks as well as a driver and car financed by taxpayers. file photo | nmg 

Huge pay and benefits to retired public university vice-chancellors (VCs) and their deputies have been declared illegal and stopped.

An advisory body of State corporations has termed the generous package irregular, a position also taken by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Retired VCs and their deputies who returned to the previous teaching jobs were guaranteed pay, perks as well as a driver and car financed by taxpayers.

They were also entitled to membership to a club of their choice, an office, secretary, research assistant and up to 18 months of paid leave between retiring as VC and returning to the lecturing jobs.

The pay deal was designed and approved by the Inter-Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum, a grouping of top university executives that deals with staff welfare.

But PSC said the deal was irregular because the advice of the Salaries Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the minister’s approval was not granted.

 “It has been observed that the minutes of the forum were used by each individual university to implement the terms and conditions of retiring Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors,” said the PSC. “This was done without seeking approval from relevant government authorities.”

PSC chairperson Margaret Kobia said yesterday the government wants more consultation on the package saying it was developed by few individuals in 2013 in order to benefit themselves.

“Universities  such as Nairobi, Moi and Kenyatta cannot manage such a huge wage bill,” said Prof Kobia, adding that retired VCs must exit universities and have alternative plans instead of going back to teach.

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