University of Nairobi 52nd graduation ceremony     Photo: DAVID NJAAGA.

There are campus courses that are unpopular in Kenyan universities judging by the number of students who take them.

Kenyatta University’s graduation ceremony this July had only eight graduates in Bachelor of Education degree in Library Sciences, whose faculty of Library Sciences does not have a dean or Head of Department, but a chairman, Dr Daniel W Muthee.

The Bachelor of Philosophy in International Teacher Education degree at KU also had only 13 graduates. At the University of Nairobi, a Bsc in Agriculture, Education and Extension had only three graduates in 2014. It had less students than Anthropology with 24 graduates, while a BSc in Management of Agroecosystems & Environment had three.

Sheila Karimi, a BA in French student at Moi University told Campus Vibe that her class had only one male out of the 10 students and no newcomers after inter course transfer. It started with 25 “but people left for other courses, particularly Education courses. I don’t know why people don’t take this course because we all have jobs even though we are yet to graduate,” she said.

Dr Duncan Omanga, a HOD at Moi University’s Media Department, and a research Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK, explained that lack of knowledge made some courses unpopular. “Here, there’s Anthropology, yet there is no media or journalism. If could go back to school I’d study Sociology or History. It makes a better journalist and a good foundation for graduate studies in media, political science, development studies and more.”