Universities told no compromise on admission criteria

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology has advised the leadership of local universities against admitting students who don’t meet the established minimum qualifications for University education.

He said some Universities had misled some students to train as teachers, yet they had not qualified, saying the Teachers Service had rejected to employee them for that reason.

He said Universities should adhere to the qualification framework the Government had devised, saying compromising on admission criteria would compromise on the education and training outcomes that Universities are expected to help generate it their products.

Prof. Kaimenyi made these remarks when he officially a stakeholders’ Workshop on Draft universities regulations, 2013 and Draft Standards and Guidelines, 2013 at Kenya school of monetary studies on Monday.

He was flanked by the Secretary/CEO of the Council of University education, Prof. David Some, and the Chairman of the National Association of Private Universities in Kenya (Napuk) who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor John Odhiambo.

The guidelines were prepared by the Council of University Education and apply to both public and private universities.

The guidelines are aimed at streamlining administration of Universities and improve quality of higher education in line with the recent legislations and policies on University Education.

Prof. Kaimenyi asked University managers to avoid duplicating courses offered by their sister Universities, saying they must develop a range of courses that were unique but which gave value for money and time to the students and the country at large.

He said they should also establish state of the art equipment to provide quality education instead of relying on outdated instructional tools.

He said the Universities should provide sporting and other extra-curriculum facilities, saying the government considered a 50 acre land as the minimum Universities should have to operate.

He said the Universities should ensure that those undertaking Doctoral programmes have masters Degrees saying this was the conventional way of progressing in academic attainment.

He expressed the need for Universities to establish and maintain libraries with current and relevant books for the students and lecturers.

He expressed concern that some Constituent Colleges lacked libraries, saying students were attracted to institutions with adequate library systems.