NANDI, Kenya Aug 9 – Deputy President William Ruto has urged universities to continuously review their courses content as the basis of improving the relevance and quality of teaching.
Ruto said universities should take full advantage of modern technology in order to play an effective role in improving the lives of Kenyans.
“The rate of science, innovation and technology should be embraced by universities if they are to remain relevant,” he said.
The Deputy President said it was through embracing technology that universities could excel in their mandate.
Ruto said expansion of university education has enabled many Kenyans to acquire skills for their personal development and that of the country.
“It is time universities focus on programmes that go in line with the development needs of the country,” he said.
The Deputy President made the remarks on Sunday when he presided over the 33rd graduation ceremony at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, in Nandi County.
He called on universities to upscale quality of research and innovation as the only way to attaining solutions to challenges facing the country.
“We should have sufficient resources towards research to generate new knowledge for creative economy,” he said.
“As universities you should dedicate yourselves to research and innovation and come up with solutions to the challenges facing this country,” said Ruto added.
Ruto said the Government was putting more resources in the development of education.
“We want to make education accessible, affordable, good quality and relevant to the needs of the country,” said Ruto.
“As a country, we have shortage of artisans, technicians and technologists and this is why we have resolved to establish technical institutions in every constituency to solve this problem once and for all,” added the Deputy President.
The Deputy President said universities should build on positive values of modern societal transformation.
He said such values should embody sense of duty towards the social, economic and technological development of the people and the county.