Universities now put on notice

Universities that flout the Commission of University Education regulations risk being stripped off their Charters, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has warned.

Similarly, universities that admit and allow unqualified students to graduate will also lose their charters.

Dr Matiang’i also warned the higher institutions against granting politicians certificates that they are not qualified for ahead of next year’s elections saying they will be not be spared.

He expressed concern that some universities have created programmes which lacked the academic and professional rigour associated with University education.

He warned the government would not tolerate such practices.

“University Charters system is not a licence to do anything. We shall take away the charter from you if the university is doing wrong business. If we get you doing monkey business with it we shall take it away,” Dr Matiang’i warned at the Co-operative University in Nairobi Sunday.

He asked CUE to undertake an enrolment audit of all Students in Kenyan Universities saying that the commercialisation of University education had created the risk of admission of students who have no qualifications to undertake undergraduate education.

He said commercialization of University education was hurting universities by giving degrees to people who did not qualify to join universities.

Dr Matiang’i reaffirmed the government freeze on creation and expansion of University Education, saying some university were expanding beyond their capacity to provide quality higher education.

“We will not approve satellite campuses of existing Universities. The existing ones must abide to all the set regulations without compromise,” he said.

The CS said the government would not accept shortcuts whether they were happening at lower or higher levels of education, saying universities should deal with examination cheating among their ranks.

He said plagiarism and outright cheating hurt the image of the country, saying CUE should clamp down the vice.  He expressed concern that professional students had set up bureaus which wrote term papers and even research work for students.

He also challenged Chancellors of Public Universities to provide energetic leadership to the management of Universities, saying their offices were not titular or ceremonial.

He said the leadership was especially urgent as public universities suffered from governance problems.  He expressed concern that some universities with a strong population of students on parallel degree programmes could be broke when they had received billions of shillings from the students.

He said the institution needed proper and effective practice in university administration to be in apposition to manage resources prudently for the sake of providing quality higher education.

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