Council asked to harmonise standards of appointment

Council for University Education (CUE) has been asked to urgently harmonise the standards used to appoint and promote academic staff in all public and private universities.

The council has consequently been asked to hold a consultative with key stakeholders and harmonise the appointment and promotion criteria of academic members in Kenyan public and private universities.

The directive is contained in a circular, dated 11th June, 2014, to the Secretary for CUE, Prof. David Some and signed by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi. It was also copied to the Principal Secretaries of Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang and his counterpart, Prof. Colleta Suda, Chairman of CUE, and Vice Chancellors of public and private universities.

“In some instances, members are promoted from one grade to another without meeting the minimum requirements,” Prof. Kaimenyi notes in the circular.

Prof. Kaimenyi expresses concern that this encouraged mobility of staff from one university to another particularly when appointments and promotion in university is not as strict as one where an individual is a member of staff.

“This type of movement has potential of affecting teaching and training in our Universities,” Prof. Kaimenyi observes, adding that it impacts negatively on the quality of academic staff if they are appointed or without going through the rigors of academia, as happens in other parts of the world.