Duale questions why this course is taught in universities

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Mar 26th 2019 at 11:08
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National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has questioned why political science is taught in universities because most graduates end up jobless.

Speaking at Tumaini Boys secondary school in Garissa on Monday, the lawmaker stated that some courses have very limited opportunities and students ought to be advised better.

“We need to be honest with our sons and daughters and tell them the truth, that some of the courses they are studying will never get them jobs.

“I have always asked myself the relevance of one studying a course in political science when all we know that everyone can ask for votes and get elected,” he said.

In February this year, the Commission for University Education (CUE) noted that 133 university programmes with an overall enrolment capacity of 10,000 slots were useless.

The regulatory body stated that some institutions offered duplicate programmes while others offered programmes which were above their capacity.

CUE chief executive Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi, however, stated that there was no need for panic because some of the universities did not submit the relevant documents but the body was following up on that.

“Some were not submitted to CUE and in others, we used feedback received from universities about their capacities. We used our standards and calculated capacities for programmes against the information the universities declared,” said Ntarangwi.

Some of the unapproved bachelor’s courses are in geography, political science, community development, counselling psychology and development and policy studies.

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