In Kenya, debt-ridden Christian universities struggle to stay open

Source: Religion News Service

Men stand outside the main entrance of the Presbyterian University of Eastern Africa on Jan. 30, 2018, in Githunguri, Kenya. Kenya’s minister for education ordered the university closed at the recommendation of the regulatory body, the Commission for University Education. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – Facing overwhelming debt, one Christian university in Kenya has been ordered to shut its doors as students and professors at two others are wondering whether they could be next.

The nation’s acting education secretary directed the Presbyterian University of East Africa on Thursday (Jan. 25) to start dismantling, revealing for many in this East African country how financial mismanagement and poorly planned growth was undermining not only Presbyterian University, but two other Christian institutions of higher education in Kenya as well.

While Presbyterian University hopes to yet save itself, concern is also focused on the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Kenya Methodist University. Both have a year to show a government commission that they have restructured and can ensure future financial stability.

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