Kisii University opened doors to 5,000 first year students on September 20th in preparation for the 2021/2022 academic year. After that came an orientation exercise headed by the dean of students. Meanwhile, high numbers of freshers admitted at Kisii University remain a divisive topic.
The latest admission at KSU is 25 percent higher than the 2020 admission of 4,000. Increased enrolment is great until you start thinking about its impacts on the quality of training offered.
Kisii University in a crisis after admitting 5,000 freshers
Rising student population comes at a time when the university is dealing with scarcity of classrooms and accommodation facilities.
There are also unresolved administrative issues ranging from insufficient staff members to strained learning resources.
For instance, staff members from Kisii University were recently on the streets over defaulted CBA agreement.
Among these were lecturers whose salaries are hardly released on time, if at all.
Another riot called by KSUSA paints a terrible picture of a struggling university on matters quality education.
These upheavals took centre stage months after the controversial Kisii University retrenchment of 350 staff members.
Involved students decried rampant cases of missing marks, delayed transcripts, and unfriendly varsity policies.
On the bright side
Ballooning numbers of freshers at Kisii University is beneficial especially to the business community.
This is the case because Kisii University is a heartbeat in the progress of Kisii town. Booming real estate and SME businesses in Bosongo is a testimony.
Following the intake is an increased foot traffic with more sales than before. The end result is a prosperous local economy.
The high number of freshers admitted at Kisii University is both questionable and beneficial depending on which side of the debate you choose. Overall, KSU is a light bearer institution in the region.