Technical University of Mombasa Students Miss Exams Over Strike

Lectures at the Technical University of Mombasa have been disrupted by the civil servants’ strike, which entered its second day yesterday.

The workers are striking over the NHIF new rates.

There was tension at the university as students threatened to go on the rampage demanding services.

A group of students currently sitting exams was stranded as there was no one to serve them.

“Things are bad. No work is going on here. The Finance office is closed yet there are students who were to do exams but cannot since they have to be cleared by the Finance office first,” Desmond Ocharo, TUM Students Organisation president, said.

He said students pay hundreds of thousands of shillings in fees for services.

Ocharo said he would call all the students at 2pm to address them at the university grounds.

“We pay a lot of money and we need to be served. We cannot allow people to disturb us over petty issues like NHIF,” he told the Star on the phone.

Kenya University Staff Union TUM branch secretary John Ogwang’ said, however, the strike is not over petty issues.

“I understand that he is also under pressure from students. He should now tell the government that the students are suffering because of them,” he told the Star on the phone.

Under the new rates, workers are deducted between Sh150 for those earning Sh5,999 and Sh1,700 for those who earn more than Sh100,000.