“Why do you have to duplicate courses? Where this university is doing law, the other is doing the same. We cannot establish new universities that will only duplicate courses offered in existing ones,” quipped Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.
Addressing vice-chancellors this morning at the high education conference, Magoha has challenged universities to offer courses that are pretty much relevant and beneficial.
As it stands, there are over 70 universities, with 31 public universities, six public constituent colleges, six private universities, 18 private constituent colleges, five private constituent colleges, and 14 institutions with Letters of Interim Authority. Most of which don’t offer a specialized course.
This has seen the establishment of new universities put on hold for the last two years so as to enhance the quality of higher education in the country.had been established in the last two years, with Magoha saying the freeze will continue to be enforced as one way of addressing the quality of higher education.
Magoha has further directed the Commission for University Education to interrogate the quality of some of the PhDs being offered in the universities.
He directed the commission to prepare a report regarding the status of university education in the country and hand it to him within a month.