In Summary
  • A vice chancellor blames mess on the commission while learners risk getting ‘worthless’ certificates.

  • While employers are unlikely to know if a degree programme is approved or not, graduates of such universities wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in Kenya or abroad would face admission challenges.

More than 10,000 students enrolled in bachelor’s degree courses in 26 universities risk getting “worthless” certificates because the programmes are being offered illegally.

According to a report by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, the Commission for University Education (CUE) has not approved the courses and they are therefore invalid.

The courses include bachelor of arts in geography, political science, community development, development and policy studies and counselling psychology.


Other unauthorised arts courses are economics, Kiswahili, international relations, public administration and governance, and peace education.

Questionable science courses include applied statistics with computing, actuarial science, botany, informatics and natural resource management. Others are management and information, human nutrition and dietetics, public health, and biochemistry.

The placement service, which replaced the Joint Admissions Board, distributes all eligible students to various universities based on their choices and the capacity of the institutions based on the approved courses.

The commission, on the other hand, is in charge of quality in the universities and is mandated to approve all courses before they are launched. It is also authorised to regularly inspect standards.

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