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Kenyan universities start biometric registration of students



Local universities in Kenya have announced the start of biometric registration of students. The University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and Maasai Mara University are the institutions that have already registered first-year students biometrically according to the government directive. From now, it will be easier to classify students in universities after some educational institutions had implemented biometric registration of the students. Presently, almost 89,000 students were positioned in 59 universities. Over 71,000 students entered 31 public universities, while about 17,300 learners entered private institutions. Professor Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, reported that all new students had already undertaken biometrical registration. He did not reveal the price of that service, says Tuko Education Newspaper. Earlier, the government issued a special directive according to which all universities must have developed an electronic register system of all students. Chacha Nyaigoti, the Chairman of the Commission for University Education, hopes that all universities will act under the order. Additionally, all university lecturers asked their employer to implement new salary scales. Constantine Wasonga, the Secretary-General of Universities Academic Staff Union, told that they wanted new salary to be paid without delays. He also added that the Union would give a strike alert to grant the university councils a chance to update matters immediately.]]>

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