In Summary
  • The CS said the country should be worried about the qualifications of students graduating from Kenya's universities.
  • He noted that a number of both public and private universities are suffering from duplication of irrelevant courses and are opening campuses across the country.
  • Prof Magoha proposed that the institutions turn their small, unsustainable campuses into constituent colleges.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Tuesday ordered universities to stop offering irrelevant courses.

The CS said the country should be worried about the qualifications of students graduating from Kenya's universities.

He noted that a number of both public and private universities are suffering from duplication of irrelevant courses and are opening campuses across the country.

“The current system has allowed universities to start offering so many irrelevant courses which do not correspond to market needs. This must be addressed,” he said.

“A university is supposed to be a citadel with adequate faculty teaching in specific areas and doing research and course-based training,” he also said.

He spoke at Kenyatta University in Nairobi during a pre-conference themed 'University positioning: preparedness and its role in the ongoing education reforms seeking inclusion and equity'.

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Prof Magoha proposed that the institutions turn their small, unsustainable campuses into constituent colleges.

He noted this is one of the education sector reforms the ministry has been pursuing to ensure universities offer quality education that matches market needs.

The CS further pointed out that some universities are unable to sustain their companies while others lack qualified academic staff to teach the many courses they are offering, resulting in compromises which affect the quality of education.

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