Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha says the proliferation of public universities is straining public funding.
The Cabinet Secretary who spoke during the release of the 2019 to 2020 universities, colleges’ student selection results at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Main Campus in Nairobi, advised universities to specialize and seek funding from their strong programmes.
A total of 89,486 Government-sponsored students will pursue degree programmes in public and private universities out of a total of 90,755 who scored a mean grade of C+ and above.
The remaining 1,269 students applied for diploma courses and were placed based on their choices.
Prof. Magoha said a total of 98,393 applicants were placed to Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes to study for a diploma, craft and artisan certificates.
The education CS asked universities to open dialogues that will seek ideas on how to free public universities from the inherent rigmarole of political capture and unplanned expansion.
“We must match the spiralling growth of university education with a commensurate rise in the level of funding, facilities and other resources, leading to a sharp decline in quality of education,” said Prof. Magoha
At the same time, the Ministry of Education has condemned the latest spate of crimes of passion targeting college students.
Principal Secretary University Education and Research Colleta Suda cautioned students against taking the law into their hands.