By Ben Chumba
Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i says the government is engaging with public universities in a plan that will see diploma course offered at the institutions abolished.
Matiang’i says this will help universities create more room for students who want to pursue degree programs.
Speaking at Zetech University in Ruiru while answering questions from students, Matiang’i said the move seeks to create more space for students who want to pursue degree programs at institutions of higher learning.
The C.S who hinted at a plan to come up with a policy that would make Kiswahili language mandatory to all local and international schools in the country, lauded the president’s move to allow state sponsored students be admitted in private universities.
This he said will allow for more students to peruse degree programmes on the other hand giving universities an opportunity to expand their courses.
Statistics indicate that the total number of candidates admitted as government sponsored students in 2016/2017 increased from 74,386 to 84,389 even as the government injected 10.3 billion shillings to Higher Education Loans Board to enable more student’s access the funds.
Meanwhile, Matiang’i has called on religions to respect science as a discipline. Speaking while opening the Christian Scientific Association of Kenya, Matiang’i said the government has set aside 3 billion shillings for research.