Kenya facing a shortage of PhD holders

By Ben Chumba

Educationists have raised the alarm over a serious shortage of Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) holders.

Educationists meeting in Nairobi have said the country has just under 8,000 PhD holders against the market demand for over 30,000 holders of a Doctors of Philosophy degree.

Speaking at the Laico Regency at a the launch of a collaboration between California Miramar University based in the US and the East African University, the educationists said the shortage of doctorate degree holders is undermining the quality of higher education.

The Presidential Advisor on Education Dr. Kilemi Mwiria said the country has to produce 1000 doctorate degree holders each year in order to bridge the yawning gap and meet the high demand exhibited by the rising number of higher institutions.

“Currently the country has a meager 8,000 PhD holders against a demand of 30,000 doctors of philosophy degree holders.

They challenged institutions of higher learning in the country to tailor their courses to suit the immediate job market needs.

Dr. Mwiria a former Assistant Minister for Education says courses that are market oriented can help to solve modern societal challenges as well as reduce the number of jobless graduates.

“For the country to realize the vision 2030 objectives the education system must be aligned towards generating critical mass of appropriate skills to accelerate economic and social growth,” The former Assistant Minister for Education said.

According to the education experts, the disconnect between the education curriculum and the human resource needs is contributing to the high number of unemployable graduates.

The noted that, the emergence of satellite Universities and the upgrading of tertiary colleges to universities has increased the number of university graduates, which they said was unsustainable.

They urged institutions of higher learning to build a sustainable model for the education system in order to produce graduates who are prepared to hit the job market.


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