NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 8 – The Non Governmental Organizations Council has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider his directive of freezing the establishment of new universities in the country.
The National Chairman of the Council Stephen Cheboi says some parts of the country do now have universities, hence the need for more to be established.
Cheboi said the country is still witnessing cases of students lacking opportunities to get chances to enter universities due to limited spaces in the existing universities.
“It is right for the president to direct strengthening of the existing institutions and we fully support him on that. There is need to ensure quality education is offered in our universities,” he stated.
The council has however, commended the president for awarding Charters to 8 universities adding that this will go a long way into improving access to higher education to many learners in the country who are in dire need of university education.
President Kenyatta on Friday ordered a freeze in the establishment of new universities to give focus on strengthening existing institutions as well as providing more technical and vocational training.
The President issued the directive after awarding charters to eight new universities at a ceremony held at State House, Nairobi.
A ninth university, Garissa University, was initially planned to be among the institutions getting their charter, but President Kenyatta said he would personally travel to Garissa to deliver the certification.
The eight new universities that were awarded charters were KAG East University in Kajiado County, Rongo University in Migori County, the Cooperative University of Kenya in Nairobi County and Taita Taveta University in Taita-Taveta County.
The others were Murang’a University of Technology in Murang’a County, University of Embu in Embu County, Machakos University in Machakos County and Kirinyaga University in Kirinyaga County.
The President said the Government will also focus on developing the necessary job skills needed for Kenya to meet the objectives of the Vision 2030.