MPs query quality of university courses

Commission For University Education chief executive Mwenda Ntarangwi. [Wilberforce Okwiri]

MPs yesterday questioned the quality of courses offered in local universities, even as it emerged that 564 medical courses are being offered by both public and private universities.

Commission for University Education (CUE) assured the National Assembly Health Committee that it was actively involved in ensuring standards are maintained through investigations.

Seme MP James Nyikal questioned whether the commission was addressing concerns over the alleged low quality of academic curricula.

CUE Chief Executive Mwenda Ntarangwi (above) said that where there is evidence to suggest that an institution is in breach of the set standards, legal measures are instituted.

He also revealed that there are 200 masters, 211 bachelors, 49 diplomas, seven certificates, 87 doctoral and ten postgraduate diplomas courses being offered locally.

Lion's share

Prof Ntarangwi said the University of Nairobi has the lion's share of 102 programmes.

Other institutions with the highest admission for medical courses are Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with 74 courses and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology at 49 courses.

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Mount Kenya University has 21 programmes followed by Moi University with 20 while Egerton University has 10 courses.

Ntarangwi explained that the commission only approves programmes already approved by professional bodies.

“No academic courses will be approved by the commission unless the registered professional body has approved it,” he explained.

He told MPs that CUE routinely undertakes monitoring of education in all local universities to ensure compliance.

The audit revealed that the greatest admissions breach has been listing candidates who have not met the minimum entry grade of C+. A recent report by CUE had linked low standards to flowed admission by the universities.

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