Government to audit all public universities

Kenyatta University Chancellor Dr Benson Wairegi (left)congratulates Nation Media Group Chairman Wilfred Kiboro as the vice-chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda looks on after he was honored with a honorary Doctor Business (Honoros Causa) for role in leadership,governance and business during the university's 39th graduation ceremony at the main campus along Thika road. PHOTO BY KAMAU MAICHUHIE.


The government will audit all public universities to ensure they have complied with regulations designed to safeguard the quality of education.

Speaking during Kenyatta University’s 39th graduation ceremony yesterday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said some universities lacked   libraries and have hired unqualified lecturers.

“Some universities only focus on building infrastructure but have failed to get the requisite academic staff. Their growth has not been matched by the required teaching staff,” he said, noting that tribalism and nepotism were rampant at public university

Dr Matiang’i asked the Kenyatta University  council to conduct the recruitment of a new Vice-Chancellor fairly.

The Chancellor, Dr Benson Wairegi, and the Council Chairman, Prof Ratemo Michieka, said the university would embark on a process to recruit  a new VC to replace Prof Olive Mugenda.

Mugenda outlined her  achievements during the 10 years she has served as VC.

Meanwhile, the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) has became  the first local institution to produce graduates with degrees in aeronautical engineering.

During the institution’s third graduation ceremony which was marked yesterday, 24 students graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

TUK is the only institution in the East African region that has this programme.

TUK Vice chancellor Professor Francis Aduol said the programme had received considerable support and goodwill from organisations in the aviation industry.