The reforms will ensure that only relevant staff and courses are retained, he said.
The CS further noted that most of the institutions are insolvent, thus unable to pay their employees.
“We have to get our universities back by ensuring the ratio of academic staff to non-teaching staff is 70: 30 ,” he said, noting that so far, the ratio of academic staff to that of other employees is 14:18.
He said, however, that so far, 10 universities have started reducing their numbers of non-teaching staff.
In June, the CS gave universities two weeks to prepare a list of institutions to be merged and those to be shut down.
He also held a closed-door meeting with the vice chancellors and finance officers of the 31 chartered public universities and seven university colleges and discussed measures to be taken.
The vice-chancellors are expected to submit a report on the proposed mergers and come up with the number of academic and non-academic staff to be laid off, programmes to be merged and campuses to be closed.
The CS also directed the Commission for University Education (CUE) to submit its report on the merger on July 31.
Prof Magoha said the universities merger is in readiness for the competency-based curriculum.
But he said, “This university merger is myopic. It is not for professor like me to engage in discussing because it is a non-entity. If it is to come, the process must be through."