By Kennedy Epalat
The National Assembly has continued with the debate on the Universities amendment Bill which among other issues, seeks to clarify the provisions relating to the funding of public universities and issuance of conditional grants to private universities.
Members of parliament decry tribalism in the recruitment of university staff and called on the relevant authorities to correct the anomaly.
Muhoroni MP James Onyango K’Oyoo and his Emuhaya counterpart Wilber Ottichilo challenged fellow politicians to stop interfering with the management of universities by supporting certain students seeking leadership positions in students’ unions.
They noted that associations of universities have millions of shillings an issue that has turned some student leaders into professional students who do not want to leave university.
They supported an amendment especially to student associations as relates to status, membership, appointment and term of office which would reduce the term of office for student leaders to two terms.
Dr Ottichilo noted that Kenyan universities should embrace research in science and technology in order to advance technologically lest the country remains a developing country forever.
He supported an amendment that provides for the revocation of university Charters if the affected universities no longer teach subjects that earned them the charters.