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Daystar University finally sacks its vice-chancellor

Daystar University
The entrance of Daystar University's Athi River campus. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Daystar University has sacked its vice-chancellor Timothy Wachira due to frequent student unrest and mismanagement of the institution.

The University Council chaired by Prof George Krhoda has appointed Prof James Kombo as acting vice-chancellor.

“Prof Wachira is in the process of handing over and clearing from the university,” said Prof Krhoda in a communication to the university community.

Prof Wachira was sent on leave in December last year after the institution was hit by demonstrations as students demanded his resignation.

On Monday, the university said the sacking of Prof Wachira was as a result of an audit commissioned by the council.

However, the details of the investigations have remained confidential and the institution has been unwilling to make them public.

But the regulator — the Commission for University Education (CUE) —after an inspection found the learning institution is plagued by outdated courses, governance and academic staff quality concerns.

The university is required to review its curriculum every five years, but the report says there is no evidence of a revision of programmes accredited 23 years ago.

The university has only one professor and nine associate professors. It is also on the spot for having a Bachelor of Law degree programme that has no student.

The report also notes that Computer Science equipment are outdated. Daystar was closed following student protests over allegations of financial mismanagement.

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