Campuses set for closure given one year reprieve
27 January 2016, 20:49
Nairobi - 12 University campuses that had been due for closure due to poor standards of learning have been given a one year ultimatum to shape up.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i said the decision was reached after
meetings with the governing councils of the affected universities and the Commission for University
Education, The Daily Nation reported.
The Kisii University College was the most affected, with upto 10 of its campuses due for closure.
"We have reached consensus that there are fundamental
issues on the governance and management of Kisii University," the CS
said in a statement on Wednesday.
"We noted that the university’s
rapid expansion is at the altar of quality teaching and learning, which
is unacceptable and must be corrected,." he added.
Matiang'i said a six-step
plan will be instituted following the governing council's request for
more time to put its house in order.
The Star further reported that the universities had however been given only 14 days to hand over a one year plan for the development of their various courses for the coming year.
"The governing council will,
within the next 14 days, develop a twelve-month road map for addressing
the identified challenges," he said.
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The CS said the university
does not have enough lecturers but that some lacked appointment letters
while others had questionable qualifications.
He said matters that
will be addressed include the recruitment and retention of quality
lecturers, and the development of quality facilities and library
resources in campuses.
The council was further asked to consider
merging and/ closing some of the campuses and transferring students to
Those affected inlcude Kisii University’s 10 campuses in Eldoret, Eldama
Ravine, Nyamira, Kabarnet, Migori, Ogembo, Keroka, Kehancha, Kapenguria
and Isebania, Laikipia University’s Nyahururu campus and Kabarak
University’s Nairobi campus.
Students of Kisii University had demonstrated over the planned closure, News24 reported, calling on the CS to look for an easier way out of the situation.
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