“As government, we are focusing our investments in training targeted at industrialisation to create job opportunities for millions of Kenyans,” said Mr Ruto.
“Academicians should therefore align their programmes to target job creation, wealth and opportunities for the graduands. We can’t achieve this through guesswork but by design,” added the deputy president.
Mr Ruto said the government has used Sh1.1 billion in supporting the infrastructural development of Maasai Mara University and that Sh250 million will be further committed to help in the construction of the institution’s library.
Narok Governor ole Samuel Tunai said his county government will continue to work closely with the university in ensuring it offers quality education which is in line with the development needs of the area.
“My government will work with the university in exploring ways of improving the quality of education at the facility especially in addressing the needs of the people in the county,” said Mr Tunai.
Education Principal Secretary Colleta Suda said the government has carried out major reforms aimed at ensuring quality education.
She singled out a recent audit carried out in all universities with the intention of unearthing cases of mismanagement of resources.
“I want to assure Kenyans that reforms are being undertaken in the sector to ensure the programmes offered in our universities are in tandem with the development needs of the country,” said Prof Suda.
Maasai Mara Chancellor, Prof Philip Ngunjiri, said the university is working closely with the government in ensuring the relevancy of courses offered.
Vice-Chancellor Mary Walingo said the university is collaborating with institutions in China, France and Canada in equipping its library, adding that the move has led to an increase in the number of books from 10,000 to 35,000.