The number of Kenyan students studying in Ugandan universities has declined, a development officials blame on mushrooming universities in Kenya.
For example, Kampala University, which has the highest number of Kenyan students after Kampala International University, has recorded a drop in the past year.
Prof Badru Kateregga, the vice chancellor, Kampala University, revealed this at a press briefing on Monday where he announced that 643 students out of 2,872 graduating from the university tomorrow (Thursday) were Kenyans, representing a 22.38 per cent, a decline from 44 per cent last year.
Currently, Kenya has 22 public universities, 26 private universities against Uganda’s six [public] and 30 privates [universities].
This means Kenya has more 12 universities compared to Uganda.
Uganda has for decades been an education hub for Kenyan students and more than 40,000 Kenyans are currently estimated to be studying in Uganda. This fetches billions of shillings to the country’s economy in form of tuition, accommodation and other fees.
“It is a serious concern to us but I don’t have the figures off head now. Let us leave it at that,” said Mr Shaban Lukooya, the publicist at IUIU main campus.
Mr Abbas Agaba, an official at KIU said the dominance of Kenyan students at the university had largely been driven by the high cost of tertiary education in Kenya.
“I think some Kenyan parents and students no longer have faith in our education system because of the controversy surrounding the governor’s papers,” said Mr Fredrick Sempala, an education analyst.
A case was filed against a popular Mombasa governor in a Kampala court over an alleged illegal acquisition of a degree from Kampala University.