, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 27 – Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has said that the ten Kisii University campuses that were headed for closure will not be closed yet.
The school has been granted a twelve months extension during which the University will work on meeting compliance standards set by Commission for University Education.
“Kisii University governing council has asked to be given more time to try and put its house in order. I have, therefore, in consultation with the Commission and guided by the University Act No.42 of 2012, agreed on a twelve months extension of the closure notice which could allow the university to mount a rescue plan of its campuses,” he said.
Matiang’i has also formed an advisory team to assist in the rescue of Kisii University which had been threatened with closure.
The team includes former University of Nairobi Vice Chancellors Professor George Magoha and Professor Crispus Kiamba, as well as Professor Patricia Kameri-Mbote who is the dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Nairobi.
“The three-member advisory committee which will be chaired by Prof Kiamba, will work to ensure that quality of the university’s programmes is met,” Matiang’i said.
Additionally, the University’s governing council has been tasked to develop a twelve months’ road map to address the institution’s identified challenges in the next fourteen days. According to Matiang’i, the road map should address the recruitment and retention of quality lecturers, development of quality facilities and quality library resources in the respective campuses among other plans.
Other actions the University has been asked to take include submitting quarterly reports to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology detailing progress made in addressing the challenges it is facing.
The Commission’s Chairman Professor Henry Thairu has also asked the governing council to develop a plan within fourteen days that will see students from those campuses merged or transferred to credited campuses.
Matiang’i however stated that the government’s move is not geared towards hurting students and their parents. Instead, it is in a bid to ensure they receive quality education and value for their money.
He also said that the government is keen on fulfilling its role of ensuring the country has quality University education. He also challenged higher education providers to either comply or quit the sector.