Kumi- The Vice Chancellor of Kumi University, Dr Young Gil Lee, has blamed the strikes at the institution on low funding and lack of unity in the administration.
“The problem is inadequate funding because of low enrollment, but even then, efficiency and effectiveness of the administration is lacking,” Dr Young said.
The VC made the plea yesterday while addressing students at Nyero Trading Centre in Kumi District.
The students have gone without lectures for two weeks following a strike by protesting lecturers over non-payment for more than three months.
Dr Young said all stakeholders at the institution should cooperate in order to solve the challenges.
“Certainly, the situation we are in is not easy but we should have hope. All will be well and the solutions can only work if we are open to each other,” Dr Young said.
A source at the university intimated that the increased financial woes that the institution is embroiled in are partly to blame on divergent interests between its Korean and local promoters.
The source said the fight for full control over the institution by the local stakeholders has particularly strained funding.
“Korean funders are deliberately withholding the finances. They are hesitant to fully fund activities of the institution because they are not certain of their stake in future affairs of the university,” an administrator, who preferred anonymity, fearing reprisal, said.
The university, started by a group of Korean missionaries in 1999, is grappling with financial problems after the donors stopped funding it.
The university spokesperson, Mr Eric Ogulu, said the board of trustees will be sitting today to find ways of settling the lecturers’ salary arrears.
“The Korean and their local counterparts have divergent aspirations which are not reconciling. The board, among other issues, will be trying to put right the administrative disparities,” Mr Ogulu said.
He said the university is also processing a loan to help it clear the salary arrears mostly for the part time lecturers who have not been paid for three months.