Shame of university courses that no one wants
SEE ALSO :Ladies arrive at Nyayo Stadium in styleSad story The spotlight is now firmly on institutions that have failed to attract enough students to fill even half of their declared capacities. Turkana University College declared a capacity of 320 in five academic programmes, yet only four students expressed an interest in studying there. Of the four, three were placed to study for a Bachelor of Education, with one student selected to study social work. The other three programmes - Bachelor of Business Management, Bachelor of Environmental Science, and Bachelor of Development Studies - attracted no students at all. This means that the two programmes that attracted the four students have failed to constitute the reasonable capacity necessary to inject Government resources.
SEE ALSO :Private schools appeal to PresidentThe sad story of Turkana is replicated in many universities that declared large capacities in various programmes but attracted no students. Cooperative University of Africa declared 1,840 available spaces in 15 academic programmes. The institution only managed to place 806 students, leaving a deficit of 1,034 unoccupied slots. Garissa University, which declared a capacity of 1,440 in 22 academic programmes, only attracted 100 students. This left it with a deficit of 1,340 unfilled slots. Nine programmes at the university with a total capacity of 410 did not attract any students. Eight programmes attracted between one and three students each. Two other programmes only attracted seven students each. Rongo University declared a total capacity of 2,315 in 36 academic programmes but only managed to get 459 students, leaving a deficit of 1,856 unfilled slots.
SEE ALSO :KCSE exam results set to be announcedOther institutions that fall under this category include University of Kabianga with 32.2 per cent, University of Embu (40.9), South Eastern Kenya University (35.1), Pwani University (42.1), Laikipia University (39.7), and Kisii University (42.5). Machakos University (48.2), Karatina University (46.1), and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (39.3) also attracted few students. Sources said public universities might not be doing enough to gain the confidence of students who prefer competitive programmes and institutions with solid management.