Good afternoon Cyprian, big fan of your work. I have this sensitive information I want to share. This rot has got to stop and it is about time one takes action.
I am a medical student at the University of Nairobi who about to finish school. I am self-sponsored, so I pay approximately Ksh. 450,000 per year. So the university admitted 611 medical students last year (which is way beyond their capacity). The number of regular students is usually fixed because they take the best. They pay approximately Ksh. 30,000. Usually, about 200 students are regular students (we call them Module 1) and the rest, parallel, a.k.a self-sponsored, we call them Module 2.
So, out of approximately 600 students who were picked to join 1st year, 500 were Module 2. So the fee from this group would be about Ksh. 22 million, from just one class.
So today, they got their exam results and only 315 students passed, out of the 611, which does not make sense. These students who fail, repeat an entire year and pay the same amount of fees on top of the newly admitted students at UoN.
I am not personally in that class but I can imagine how my parents have sacrificed and toiled to put me through medical school and UoN is just admitting students just to have them pay the huge amount of fees and discontinue them or fail them (if they are lucky). This is pure madness and I don’t think parents’ hard money should be played with by the administration.
Attached are photos of the results of the class. Maybe the students might end up not passing, but at least people will think twice before bringing their children to UoN to just waste their money. I know you have many stories but I hope this is picked up.
There is also a huge rot at the UoN Medical School. There is so much money being stolen even by the students in the various student bodies. Money totaling up to Ksh. 1 million shillings by leaders in AMSUN (Association of Medical Students University of Nairobi) and some students defer for so long because they don’t have fees, yet their fellow students are stealing money that could be used to do good.
The Dental School also has become a hub for lecturers to make money and no equipment is being bought. I remember students tried to demonstrate and they were threatened with being failed and what not by that Dean.
Students are not learning well, and we are sent out to handle human life. Many students are really passionate about Medicine and UoN has the greatest professors and lecturers but these few loose ends UoN is taking are hugely affecting many students.
I just strive to fight for people’s rights and this is my little way. I hope you engage me. If the information goes to the public, that’s the first step towards making a change. People idolize medical school too much, while in the real sense, it has very many issues going around.
Thank you for your time.