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Scholars urged to play role in education sector

06 February 2014, 13:39

Nairobi - Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, has challenged scholars to come up with initiatives that would radically change the way universities operated and thus enhance employability.

In a speech read on his behalf by Benard Malen’ga, a senior official in the ministry, during the launching of the policy dialogue on graduate employability in sub-Saharan Africa, he said that he was confident that the findings of the team will be of great importance to the country.

The British Council hosted the event that was intended to provide an opportunity to share and discuss the critical issue of graduate employability in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya and for comparative purposes.

“I am confident its findings will greatly inform us to know what is happening, where we wish to be  and guide us on what we need to do to get there,” said Prof. Kaimenyi in his statement.

In attendance, Prof. David Some, the Secretary to the Commission for Higher Education, stressed on the need for quality and relevance in education in order to achieve employability of graduates in the country.

“Today’s project will be an opener towards quality and relevance of content in our Universities,” said Prof. Some.

British Council Country Director, Tony Reilly, said it was critical to understand how to ensure the employability of the young people who graduate from university.

“We expect the findings of this action research to inform policy and practice in Kenya and other countries,” said Reilly.

– CAJ News

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