After the exit of of Prof David Some from the helm of the Commission for University Education (CUE) on Monday 4th September 2017, the commission will be having a new CEO taking over.
The new CUE CEO is Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi, a US-based scholar who is expected to settle in to his new role on Tuesday 5th September 2017.
After his appointment in July by Education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i, Prof Ntarangwi has his work already cut out for him at the commission. Some of the areas that will need Prof Ntarangwi’s immediate attention include universities running unapproved degree courses, lack of teaching staff and uncoordinated establishment of campuses, which have been identified as part of the rot in universities.
Political interference, tribalism, failure to follow the law in promotion of academic staff, and moonlighting by part-time lecturers will also be in his in-tray as he seeks to settle in at his new position.
The new boss will also be required to spearhead implementation of recommendations of an audit that unearthed massive irregularities in management of higher learning institutions early this year.
The audit revealed that in some cases, students were graduating before the set study period with some finishing a bachelor’s degree in nine months.
Other universities were running programmes only meant to make money at the expense of quality education.
Prof Ntarangwi, who holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from University of Illinois, was appointed in July by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i. He will serve for five years.
He is expected to inject new blood to the institution that has been criticised for doing little to rein in institutions that flout set guidelines and standards.
While announcing the appointment, Dr Matiang’i said: “Your appointment comes at a time when the university education sector is going through a series of reflection and reforms. I wish you the very best as you take up this post.”