Kenyatta University builds student hostels as demand for higher education in Coast...

Kenyatta University builds student hostels as demand for higher education in Coast rises.

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Kenyatta University on Monday begun constructing state-of-the-art students hostels in Mombasa as the university administration revealed that the demand for higher education within Coast region was rising by the day.

The hostels located in Mombasa’s Central Business District will have a capacity of accommodating 520 students, both female and male, and will include two separate entrances, lift access to all floors, housekeeping offices, gymnasium and laundry rooms, Prof. Ratemo Michieka, the Chairman of the University Council, said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

They will also be fitted with washing machines, ample parking space, independent kitchen areas and television rooms among other facilities, he said.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olive Mugenda said the University was seeking ways to address the challenge of access into university education including the need for students’ accommodation, adding that hostels on campus would enable students to access various University facilities and improve the University’s competitive edge in Mombasa County.

The project is due for completion in May, 2015, and will encourage students living outside Mombasa and who wish to pursue courses, to do so, Mugenda said.

Kenyatta University is among several other public and private universities that have opened branches in Mombasa to tap into the thirst for higher education locally.

Coast region has been blamed for lagging behind in education, a situation that places it at a social and  economic disadvantage to other regions in the country.