Magoha faults universities for duplicating courses
Educational fieldsHe told the National Assembly Education Committee that out of the 11 educational fields taught in the universities, only two – Law and Engineering – were not duplicated.
SEE ALSO :Sh6b to improve facilities in schoolsFive fields – Education, Arts, Humanities, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Social Sciences, Journalism and Information and Business Administration – are offered in more than 75 per cent of the universities. Services, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Veterinary, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics and Health and Welfare are offered in 54 per cent to 69 per cent of the universities. In the past, for instance, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was associated with agriculture and technology courses. Kenyatta University was known for education and Egerton agriculture. However, according to Magoha, the specialisation has been lost. Presently, all the 37 public universities and their constituent colleges have 271,026 students on full time and another 159,421 on part time basis.
Radical reformsHe insisted on completing radical reforms in the universities even as he acknowledged funding gaps at the institutions. Magoha said capitation to universities as a percentage of total revenue had been declining from 62.4 per cent in 2012/13 to 44.9 per cent in 2015/16 financial years.
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