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Millions Wired to Nonexistent Students in Universities Exposed

  • May 27, 2024
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Millions Wired to Nonexistent Students in Universities Exposed

The Auditor General has unearthed a staggering scam within the Education ministry, where a whopping Sh146.57 million was wired to government-sponsored “ghost” students in private universities.

Investigations reveal that these funds were allocated to individuals not placed by Kenya University and College Central Placement Services, including graduates and those who exceeded their course durations.

This isn’t an isolated incident. Corruption appears entrenched within the Ministry of Education, extending to the creation of fictitious schools to siphon off capitation funds. Even at the university level, malfeasance thrives, with money drawn from the Universities Fund, raising questions about oversight and complicity.

A special audit commissioned by the Auditor General sheds further light, exposing Sh219 million disbursed to 15 private universities without any government-sponsored students being placed in these institutions.

Calls for accountability are loud and clear. The Auditor General demands reimbursement from the implicated universities, but this is just the beginning.

Those found complicit within the ministry, the Universities Fund, and the universities themselves must face legal consequences. The pattern suggests systemic corruption rather than mere oversight, necessitating swift and decisive action.

With Kenyans burdened by heavy taxation, there’s no room for embezzlement. Every effort must be made to safeguard taxpayer funds and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. This comes after the Education Ministry paid billions in bursaries to students neglecting academic responsibilities. Audit revealed the ministry’s disregard for performance, with 4,500 out of 18,000 government-sponsored learners performing below average in 2022.

Approximately 15 percent which is 1,349 students from the initial group and 35 percent which translates to 3,151 students from the subsequent group received funding devoid of academic performance conditions. The auditor raises concerns regarding the absence of incentives linked to students’ performance in 30 designated counties. Gathungu emphasizes the failure to correlate ongoing sponsorship with scholar performance.

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