CUE report reveals rot in universities

By Vitalis Nyagoa

An audit conducted by the Commission of University Education has revealed that a number of universities in the country have been offering courses not approved by the commission.

Education cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi while receiving the report said that the government had instituted a raft of measures following talks with vice chancellors of universities across the country, to improve the quality of education in institutions of higher learning.

CS Matiangi last year effected reforms in the country’s secondary level of education that exposed massive exam irregularities in previous KCPE and KCSE examinations.

The no nonsense cabinet secretary has now moved to clean house in the country’s universities following a report from the Commission Of University Education (CUE), that revealed quite a number of malpractices in institutions of higher learning.

According to the report, a majority of universities in the country failed to adhere to regulations on the admissions of students, abused the credit accumulative and transfer system and that some universities had a weak credibility certification.

Matiangi however reassured the public that the government was intent on maintaining the quality of education in institutions of higher learning even as the chairperson of the commission Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha revealed that some universities had already started recalling some of their degrees.

Following the release of the report universities around the country will now be required to adhere to the corrections from the commission in the next 7 days and submit their reactions back to the commission within a month.

The development comes as workers under the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational institutions, Hospital and Allied workers union (KUDHEIHA) and the Kenya university staff union (KUSU) agreed to get back to work following the signing of their 2013 CBA.

KUDHEIHA Secretary General Albert Njeru confirmed the same following the deliberations resulting in a 13% increment in the basic salary of workers allied to the union.

The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) has however maintained that it will continue with the strike until the government tables a workable counter offer.