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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,11TH DEC 2017-Education cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has sounded a warning to institutions of higher learning in the country offering poor training services that they will be closed down.
Speaking during the AMREF HEALTH AFRICA graduation in Nairobi on Monday December 11,the CS has ordered the commission for university Education to speed up the ongoing inspection of quality standards in local universities with the aim of ensuring that only those upholding quality in training remain in the field.
The CS also raised concerned with universities that have held letters of interim Authority for more than 10 years saying that the government will shut them down since they have not demonstrated the willingness to embrace quality training.”We can not afford to continue producing low quality graduates it is expensive and costly to the country,we must start taking issues quality seriously”.he said.
According to Matiang’i it is the same institutions offering low quality training that have been involved in selling degrees to politicians.
The CS has also commended universities that have maintained high standards of quality in training adding that they reflect the position communicated by Kenyans who study outside the country who have performed well in their respective fields.”Kenyans are doing well in the western and northern parts of the globe,we have confirmed reports of kenyans who have excelled a broad in sciences and other professional courses and we don’t want to let them down”.He added.
The CS has also commended the AMREF HEALTH AFRICA for maintain a record of quality training in the medical field.
He says his ministry is committed to create synergy with other ministries such of that of health to ensure that the same standards are upheld as a way of attaining vision 2030.”25 percent of MDGs AMREF’s core agenda we will continue to collaborate until the dream is achieved”stressed the CS.
Matiangi also awarded the institution with a letter of interim Authority and strictly advised the management to stick to quality standards.
Over 200 trainees graduated with certificates and Diplomas mainly in the field of medicine.The institution will now start offering degrees after it was awarded with the letter of interim Authority.