The Commission for University Education (CUE) has rejected 133 courses with a cumulative enrollment capacity of 10,000 slots. CUE is supposed to approve all the academic programmes taught in local universities. Of concern is that there are students already studying these programmes who might now be forced to discontinue their studies due to mistakes that are not of their own making.
For those who might have finished studying these “useless” programmes, it means their academic papers won’t be recognized by prospective employers and therefore end up jobless.
CUE Chief Executive Officer Mwenda Ntarangwi sought to address the panic that has gripped the institutions, saying the commission is still engaging the universities whose programmes were rejected. “This is still an ongoing process and we are in consultation with universities,” said Prof Ntarangwi.
The shock findings emerged after the CUE audited universities last year in readiness for the 2019 placement. The audit also exposed how universities, in their haste to mint cash from huge enrolment, misrepresented their capacity, both in resources and teaching staff.
CUE has slashed nearly 30,000 slots from the universities. The report shows that all the public and private universities declared available capacity of 163,925 for the various courses but after a rigorous assessment on their capacities, only 134,075 were approved.
Here is how the unapproved courses are distributed across universities in Kenya:
- Tom Mboya University College – 25 Courses
- Garissa University – 10 Courses
- Alupe University – 10 Courses
- Great Lakes University of Kisumu – 8 Courses
- Kenya Highlands Evangelical University – 7 Courses
- Embu University – 6 Courses
- Lukenya University – 6 Courses
- Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology – 6 Courses
- Kenyatta University – 4 Courses
- Karatina University – 4 Courses
- Moi University – 3 Courses
- turkana University College – 5 Courses
- Kabarak University – 2 Courses
- Kenya Methodist University – 2 Courses
- Mama Ngina University – 3 Courses
- Africa International University – 3 Courses
KUCCPS Opens Portal to Students
The details emerged as Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service opened its portal to students to revise courses. Some 651,189 candidates qualified for placement to tertiary institutions at various levels under government sponsorship. Of these, 90,744 attained a mean grade of C+ and above, meaning they all qualified to join local universities.
The programmes offered in universities is largely determined by the nature of the institutions, market forces, availability of resources, controls by professional bodies, availability and adequate space, facilities and teaching staff.
A recent universities audit report, however, accused the institutions of diluting quality of higher education by introducing many courses, which are narrow in scope and not market driven. The report accused universities for launching many programmes to make money.
Additionally, findings of CUE Status of Higher Education Report released in 2016 indicated that the public and private universities had 3,408 programmes. Bachelors level had 1,627, masters 1,162, doctoral 518 while there were 96 postgraduate diploma programmes.
According to the report, public universities had mounted the bulk of programmes (2,752) representing 81 per cent, followed by private universities with 655 representing 19 per cent. Massive irregularities And another report released last year exposed massive irregularities on programmes taught in the universities.
The Quality Audit Inspection Report shows some universities had mounted courses which did not have students. “Some of universities offered academic programmes and did not provide evidence of approval of programmes by respective senates while others had programmes approved by CUE but had no students,” said the report. The document by CUE also reveals that some universities varied programme tittles midstream. CUE report shows that it has renamed a number of courses.