Universities hostels have been turned into criminal and prostitution dens as well as radicalisation cells.
The shocking details are contained in a report by the Commission for University Education (CUE) which was present to Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed last Wednesday.
The report indicate universities have become hideouts and convergence points for criminals especially in hostels.
“There are cases of active radicalization cells in universities. Students are colluding with each other in hiding crime,” said the report which is now being studied by the government in order for action to be taken.
There is also prostitution in university hostels and increased cases of organised crimes where students are either involved or institutions acting as centers of crime, states the report.
“Ethnic and political alliances where national politicians engage university students during political campaigns; and laxity or little attention being given to security concerns in universities and constituent colleges are rife,” reads the report.
CUE has since committed to fast track the development of universities minimum standards and guidelines on safety and security to operationalise the amended Universities Act and Universities Regulations.
The report says the standards and guidelines will thereafter be used to audit the security status of all universities and ensure accredited ones meet minimum standards and guidelines including those on safety and security.
It will also liaise with universities to provide data on student discipline to facilitate maintenance of an updated centralized student disciplinary profile database domiciled at CUE, which will act as a “Disciplinary Reference Bureau” for universities and constituent colleges.