Education CS Fred Matiangi/FILE
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH APRIL 2017-Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has instituted a raft of reforms targeted at streamlining the tertiary education sector and maintaining universal standards in university education.
The move by the Ministry of Education comes hot on heels of reports of closure of a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) campus in Rwanda due to failure to meet university education standards in the East African Community (EAC) country.
The ministry consequently barred universities from opening new campuses and satellite learning centres both in Kenya and in EAC member states.
Under the new directive, universities will be required to recruit Vice Chancellors and other senior administration officers on performance contract basis, appraise them annually and furnish the ministry with performance records.
CS Matiang’i also ordered the Commission for University Education (CUE) to cease recognising degrees awarded by universities that do not meet the minimum standard requirements.
Earlier in the year, CUE nullified all degrees awarded irregularly to persons who had not met the university minimum entry grade of C +.
Universities will be required to make proposals of setting up new campuses to the ministry which will scrutinize them rigorously before approval.