We Are Curious EP 27| Of UON School Fees Hike, Laikipia County Bond, SA's Cannabis Commercialization and the Curious Case of Vice Capital
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This week, we discuss the hike in tuition fees for postgraduate and select undergraduate courses at the University of Nairobi following lower admission rates for self-sponsored students in recent years. On one hand, the university is stuck with debt and unpaid statutory fees. On the other hand, increasing tuition will likely scare off some potential students, feeding into the already dwindling admission rates. Is it time public universities in Kenya consider other sources of revenue beyond thinning tuition? We also break down the Laikipia County Infrastructure bond, a one of a kind instrument and whether some guests on the show would put their money in it.
Regionally, we head down south, detailing South Africa's record 34.4% unemployment rate for 2020 Q2 and how its citizens are now moving to sectors like manufacturing and construction, later outlining th potential to grow jobs through the country's cannabis sector as details in its national strategy.
Globally, we talk about the role of Vice Capital in enabling businesses considered "bad", such as firms in the adult content sector, building upon OnlyFans' decision to ban explicit content, and a later announcement reversing the move.