Navigating academic politics as a middle-level manager
I had just received the potentially depressing news that I had been appointed head of department. It was too late to turn back.
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
Navigating academic politics as a middle-level manager
Why most first-class degree holders are under-achievers
For many, undergraduate life is a moment of experiment, savouring a newfound liberty, and a time to explore and nudge at the limits.
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
Why most first-class degree holders are under-achievers
What makes a good academic?
The notion that the quantity of time spent in school translates to quality teaching and learning is wrong
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
What makes a good academic?
It’s a dog’s life for part-time lecturers slaving with no pay
Brutal set-up Universities mint billions from part-timers who have to painfully wait an eternity before they’re paid
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
It’s a dog’s life for part-time lecturers slaving with no pay
Irony of ‘creative’ varsities stuck with stone age tools
The university bureaucracy is content with rigid and bureaucratic procedures comprised of shuffling and pushing paperwork.
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
Irony of ‘creative’ varsities stuck with stone age tools
High literacy rates among Moi’s key notable legacies
The occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Moi University, former President Moi was the chief guest.
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
High literacy rates among Moi’s key notable legacies
Why Makerere’s grand plan for Ruto institute smacks of deceit
Beyond Ruto’s impulsive craving to be President, I find it difficult to point one thing to warrant an entire institute in Makerere be named after him
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
Why Makerere’s grand plan for Ruto institute smacks of deceit
The pitfalls of rushed merger of universities
Change Merger will be akin to taking a painful but mandatory pill, university bosses to be casualties
By Duncan Omanga 4 years ago
The pitfalls of rushed merger of universities
Six ways Magoha could ‘sanitise’ higher education
Asking universities to “make money” is losing sight of the essence of higher learning.
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
Six ways Magoha could ‘sanitise’ higher education
Why State-driven model will kill autonomy of universities
The use of messianic terms to describe actions of the CS reflected a general poverty of leadership
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
Why State-driven model will kill autonomy of universities
There is a real difference between earning and getting a PhD
In contrast, there appears a trend where individuals are merely getting a PhD -- and not earning one
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
There is a real difference between earning and getting a PhD
Lessons for universities as diaspora scholars return home
Many African universities are short of teachers and researchers with doctoral and post-doctoral qualifications and expertise.
By Richard Alemdjrodo and Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
Lessons for universities as diaspora scholars return home
Varsities woes signal need for change
For as long as the State tinkers with university appointments and persist in ethnicising the academe, it must be ready to pick up the bill.
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
Varsities woes signal need for change
On varsity education reforms, Moi has no equal in Africa
Despite immense challenges, Moi fashioned one of Africa’s most important education revolution.
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
On varsity education reforms, Moi has no equal in Africa
The Challenges to Present-Day Journalism Training in Kenya’s Universities
A proper journalism school can only afford one broad based media and journalism bachelor’s degree.
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
The Challenges to Present-Day Journalism Training in Kenya’s Universities
Placing African universities in global knowledge production
Africa, specifically sub-Saharan Africa, accounts for 13.5 per cent of the global population but less than one per cent of global research output
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
Placing African universities in global knowledge production
Kind of course work to teach a PHD student
There is a near obsession among local universities that PhDs must contain taught, examinable coursework.
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
Kind of course work to teach a PHD student
How craze for audit cultures have strangled our varsities
For a Kenyan university to be without an ISO certification is analogous to the Kenyan household that dares skip mandatory chapati meal on Christmas
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
How craze for audit cultures have strangled our varsities
Burning of schools points to ‘unseen fires’ in our midst
These schools are simply expressing what happens in the wider society where violence is idolised and rewarded
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
Burning of schools points to ‘unseen fires’ in our midst
The 1-2-3 to saving our debt-ridden universities
Private varsities are no better than public ones as the rot afflicting institutions of higher learning gets worse by the day.
By Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
The 1-2-3 to saving our debt-ridden universities
African universities bogged down by politics of patronage
Universities are back to the dark old days when politics shaped patterns of student access, curriculum content and teaching methods.
By Ibrahim Omanda and Duncan Omanga 5 years ago
African universities bogged down by politics of patronage
Shocking reality of Kenyan universities on the brink of collapse
Kenya’s institutions of higher learning are in desperate need of a saviour
By Dr Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Shocking reality of Kenyan universities on the brink of collapse
Five reasons we urgently need to redeem higher education
Kenya can learn a lot from her peers in Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana and South Africa, where university education is what it is meant to be.
By Dr Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Five reasons we urgently need to redeem higher education
Close down public varsities as strikes persist
If the ongoing strike, the third in 12 months, continues, it will be the longest in recent history
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Close down public varsities as strikes persist
Closing down public varsities best option as strikes persist
More than 40 days after it began, the lecturers’ strike is showing no sign of petering out. The matter is being treated with remarkable nonchalance.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Closing down public varsities best option as strikes persist
The ‘lollipop’ degree courses and shame of university education
The programmes are alluring, trendy, both sexy and sexualised, thin in content and possessing the barest of ‘nutritive’ dividends.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
The ‘lollipop’ degree courses and shame of university education
The truth, half truths and lies on lecturers’ strike
Government holds the key to solving crisis in public universities, and it is all about putting pen to paper
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
The truth, half truths and lies on lecturers’ strike
Jubilee’s laptop pledge doomed from the start
From the start, the Government got it all wrong, choosing to ignore pressing and urgent issues over a luxurious one
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Jubilee’s laptop pledge doomed from the start
Time to refashion governance in our universities
Problems facing Kenya’s public universities begin with the politicisation of university councils and...
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Time to refashion governance in our universities
Life as a scholar without PhD is hard
Sometime back, the Commission for University Education (CUE) developed the troubling habit of issuing ‘headline...
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Life as a scholar without PhD is hard
The good, bad and ugly of Matiang’i’s school reforms
For two years now, a Tsunami has swept through Kenya’s examination system.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
The good, bad and ugly of Matiang’i’s school reforms
Why ugly face of inequality in education will cost us
The government must move from providing education as a political freebie, to providing it as a basic right
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Why ugly face of inequality in education will cost us
Universities must set agenda for national dialogue
I am hopeful that among our intellectuals in the universities, a remnant still holds out against the seduction of prejudice, loot and narrow mindedness.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Universities must set agenda for national dialogue
Varsities must adopt best practices in hiring academic staff
There’s something common with scholars who complete their graduate studies abroad. In their last year, after gruelling years in western universities, most want to return home.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Varsities must adopt best practices in hiring academic staff
Rote learning, handouts have no place in varsities
The crises facing university education is not just located in the continued cash crunch plaguing them, neither is it confined to the unplanned universities expansion, or the persistent tribalisation and politicisation of universities.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Rote learning, handouts have no place in varsities
Restricting travel of academic staff an unconstitutional affront to academic freedom
We have a problem. On Sunday evening, a distinguished academic was stopped by immigration officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Restricting travel of academic staff an unconstitutional affront to academic freedom
How varsity positions are killing research
It was in Arusha, Tanzania. The affable Nigerian scholar, Dr Cyril Obi, a man who has made a successful career at running international research centres focused on Africa, warned us, “Do not allow yourselves to be appointed departmental heads or chairs of departments.” He looked down at his coffee mug, lifted it up to his mouth, and just before he took the final swig, looked up again and with a tone of finality, announced, “If you do, you risk being appointed to academic oblivion.” The year was 2014. It was barely 11 months after I had completed my doctorate studies. In my mind, I had all these lofty ideas about developing and sustaining a research profile. I also had plans to turn my doctorate into a book and proceed onto a fresh search for a new research project on local media history. I am convinced the area is in desperate need of research.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
How varsity positions are killing research
Why universities choose to sit back as others build state
By the time this article is published, Kenyans will have known the outcome of the Supreme Court process which saw the opposition contest the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Why universities choose to sit back as others build state
UASU losing its voice with every chant of ‘Solidarity Forever’
Unknown to many, UASU was founded on the principles of social justice, labour democracy and democratic action. Whereas the union was established as a bargaining instrument for its members, it has a broader remit
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
UASU losing its voice with every chant of ‘Solidarity Forever’
Four key conversations Kenyans must have in post-election period
A day before the election, I went to the supermarket for the usual daily supplies. There was frenzied panic buying as thousands thronged the facility in preparation for what seemed like bomb raids.
By Duncan Omanga 6 years ago
Four key conversations Kenyans must have in post-election period
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