Additionally, the report says, the government should come up with age policy for recruitment of staff in universities.

"Currently universities have turned into safe havens for retiring civil servants and former researchers with masters degrees.

"This lot of staff cannot be sustainably trained nor be productive in academic life,” the report adds.

The report says the current situation in Kenyan public universities is a matter of concern regarding quality of their products.

It cites the ability of staff in universities to deliver the approved curriculum and the wanting facilities.

“There is a general concern that some of the lecturers that are engaged in various universities across the country are under-qualified and grossly unprofessional,” the report says.

Some lecturers do not show up for their classes when timetabled as they are engaged elsewhere.

“Some lecturers seem to be in the profession for the wrong reason; to make money rather than to serve their vocation,” it says. 

Such lecturers, the report says, move from institution to institution in the name of part-timing for money, at the expense of service delivery.

"A good number of the current breed of students, the report says, have shifted their responsibilities to other quotas.

"It is very normal for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to commission back street consultancies to work for them on their term papers, proposals and theses,” it says.

A typical master’s degree proposal with slides ready for presentation would go for between Sh15,000 and Sh50,000 depending on the complexity of the topic and data collection intricacies.

All these point to incompetent lecturers who have no expertise and time to guide and correct students.

“The decay in our university education system needs to be corrected through high level capacity building of lecturers, improvement of facilities and entrenchment of professionalism,” the chancellors’ report says.

It says many lecturers in the universities are holders of lower qualifications such as master’s degree, postgraduate diplomas than the prescribed doctorate degrees.

Lack of enough doctorate holders as teaching staff has impacted the institutions negatively in terms of under-performance in research and quality of graduates.

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