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State to increase number of universities

BILLOW KERROW
By | March 14th 2012

By AUGUSTINE ODUOR

The Government plans to expand chances for Form Four leavers to access higher education, Higher Education minister said.

Minister Margaret Kamar said the Government is in the process elevating nine university colleges to fully-fledged universities to accommodate more students. She said the President has already signed legal orders to this effect.

Prof Kamar said the move will be in addition to the ministry’s acknowledgement for the private sector support to provide students with opportunities for higher education.

Speaking last week during the launch of the 14th Nairobi International Education Fair in Nairobi, the minister also revealed that three technical universities will be launched soon to absorb many students who fail to meet qualifications for university admission.

Her revelation comes barely weeks after Basic Education minister Sam Ongeri said there was an increase in the number of students who scored the minimum university entry grade.

Prof Kamar said the huge student numbers leaving secondary education is well above the capacity of the local universities. To meet the growing demand, she challenged more private partners to invest in higher education.

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