, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 29 – The Ministry of Education has stopped the establishment of new satellite campuses and directed that all existing ones be revamped to meet standards of the Commission for University Education (CUE).
“Any campuses that are not able to meet these standards must be closed immediately,” Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said.
The remarks were contained in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Chairperson of CUE Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha during the 35th Graduation Ceremony of the Pan Africa Christian University.
Matiang’i further directed the commission to review regulations and standards to strengthen learning under school based mode of teaching.
He has also directed that CUE carries out an enrolment audit to ascertain that only students who qualify are being admitted to universities.
“Any university found to be violating this requirement will have its charter and/or letter of interim authority revoked,” Matiang’i warned.
He said universities must start addressing concerns that are being raised about the quality of graduates being produced under the school based mode.
He said all students admitted into university programs must meet the minimum admission requirements and contact hours for teaching.
Matiang’i wants the commission to monitor and ensure that universities adhere to admission guidelines, noting the nation, could not afford to dilute the quality of our education and compromise our posterity.
“The government is now committed to focus on improving the quality of teaching, research and outreach so that Universities can fulfill their mandates and meet global standards,” Matiang’i noted.
He said the Government would play its role of funding research through the recently established National Research Fund (NRF).
He, however, challenged universities to increase their annual budgets for research to at least 10% of their operating budget as set out in CUE standards.
“I would like to see more of the funds being raised through privately sponsored students and other income generating activities being directed towards research and outreach and/or community service,” he noted.
The University’s Chancellor, Rev. Dr. David Oginde thanked the government for recognizing the role of private universities by placing 12,000 students government sponsored students into private universities.