A group of Moi University students who have earned the nickname “IDPs” (internally displaced people) for studying under tents have accused the school of ignoring their welfare.
The more than 1,000 students studying for degree and diploma courses in hospitality management, tourism management, and tours and travel — who were in the Kips Plaza Campus that the university closed before moving to the Annex Campus — say they have become a laughing stock for learning in tents instead of proper lecture halls.
“Imagine we are now being referred to as IDPs because we have been studying in tents and not proper lecture halls like the rest of our colleagues,” said a tours and travel student who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from the management.
The students studied for a whole semester in the tents.
When reached for a comment on Friday, Moi University’s public relations officer Alfred Wandera did not give a response, saying he was attending a “serious” meeting.
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“Kindly let us talk later on this matter. I am attending a long meeting,” said Mr Wandera in a short message to the Nation.
The “IDP” group was moved from the university’s Kips Plaza campus in Eldoret town because of the high costs incurred in paying rents.
The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources was moved to the Kitale campus and the School of Business and Economics to Eldoret West campus from the main campus.
The then acting vice chancellor Laban Ayiro was keen to consolidate university resources and boost quality of education at the institution.
Credit: Nation.co.ke https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Moi-University-students-forced-to-study-under-tents/1056-4685630-ts04tm/index.html