Deputy President William Ruto has thrashed some courses offered by universities as of little use to the economy.
The DP brushed off courses such as history, geography, sociology and anthropology, saying they should not be given preference by students. Instead, he advocated technical courses offered by technical and vocational education training (TVET) colleges.
“I was a very good student of history myself, but while it is okay for historians to tell us how Vasco Da Gama came, went somewhere and discovered this, he died. We need the gentleman or the lady who will fix our sewerage system or electricity when something is wrong,” he said while speaking at Kenya Technical Trainers College in Nairobi during the launch of a TVET Competency Based Educational and Training Framework.
He added: “There are over 1,000 students learning sociology and anthropology, but if you look at the requirements of the industry, how many anthropologists or sociologists do we need? We end up with graduates many of whom cannot be placed in a proper job environment.”
He discouraged parents from pressuring their children to join university programmes. “People often say we all cannot be doctors or lawyers and that is true. That is why we should be masons, electricians and machine technologists,” he said.
He spoke when he was at the University of Nairobi to defend his PhD thesis yesterday.
Ruto was at the School of Biological Sciences where he defended his thesis on: Influence of Anthropogenic Activities on Land Use/Cover Changes and Environmental Quality of Saiwa Wetland Watershed, Western Kenya.
He failed to graduate last year with a doctorate in Philosophy in Plant Ecology after missing out on what he said was set requirements.
“I urge all colleges to observe set standards and award certificates to students purely on merit,” said Ruto.
“As a PhD student, I have subjected myself to that standard. I was due to graduate tomorrow but I can’t because of requirement.”
The DP already holds a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Zoology and a masters in Plant Ecology.
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