Govt to publish data on all Kenyan varsities

January 27, 2012 1:19 pm
Govt to publish data on all Kenyan varsities/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 27 – Information regarding all public and private universities in Kenya will soon become easily available, once a comprehensive survey on higher education in the country is published in April.

The Kenya Year Book editorial board Chief Executive Officer Denis Chebitwey said on Friday that the survey is gathering data from all 63 public and private universities across the country.

He said the Sh2.1 million exercise will further provide information that will help improve quality and relevance of university education.

“We want to look at how parents can make an informed choice; which course their children will take and also who are the employers and what are they getting from the universities,” Chebitwey said.

“We want to see how parents can benchmark the courses that are in the market.”

Chebitwey further stated that the data will allow for comparison between individual institutions and enable them set a benchmark for their performance.

“We want to put this all into documentation so that the public may know. We are in an era of openness and an era of creating information to benchmark ourselves with the world,” explained Chebitwey.

Senior Deputy Director in the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology Bernard Malenya said the information will raise the standards of higher education in the country.

On his part, Information Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo said the survey will contribute to accountability in post secondary institutions.

The data, he said, will also help employers to know which universities produce students with relevant skills.

He explained that the initiative will have a positive impact on the sector and aid the country towards positive growth.

“We will now begin to provide county data. This is where we will force every county to begin to compete because some of them will be down there in terms of their performance and then we will begin to ask them how they are going to change.”


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