In Summary
  • The group termed formation of a taskforce to look into the possibility of establishing a university as a "stunt meant to excite the public."
  • Mr Ole Lenku announced the formation of a taskforce be chaired by Prof Solomon Mpoke to look into the matter.
  • Mr Ole Meikoki said that Kajiado County has more pressing problems on the educational front, which should be prioritised.

A youth lobby group from Kajiado has faulted Governor Joseph ole Lenku's decision to establish a university in the county.

The Kajiado Young Professionals (KYP) termed the formation of a taskforce to look into the possibility of establishment of a university as a "publicity stunt meant to excite the public."

Through its chairman, Kasaine ole Meikoki, KYP alleged that the formation of such a taskforce is a waste of public resources especially at a time when universities are closing down due to lack of students.

"This is a miscalculated priority when you consider that county schools in Kajiado could not secure 200 slots out of the 77,000 [of those] who qualified to join university following [release of] the 2017 KCSE [exam] results," said Ole Meikoki.

UPGRADE MTTI

The county, he said, should instead concentrate its efforts in upgrading the Maasai Technical Training Institute (MTTI) into a national technical and vocational training institute in line with Vision 2030.

"As a matter of fact, the governor should have known that Maasai Mara University had to close its branch at MTTI for lack of students," added Mr Ole Meikoki, who spoke to Nation by phone.

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