Point Blank with Asian Weekly, 27th March 2015

03 Apr

The Universities Act Kenya

Kenya University Courtesy Kenya Yote

Education is a basic human right and it is such a pity that it hugely expensive, inaccessible or not of top quality.

In the last ten years Kenya has had many universities and colleges mushroom naturally due to public demand that the two major universities Nairobi and Kenyatta were not able to handle due to capacity restrains.

Education is also changing in many ways and new courses such as IT, Software Engineering, and more are also taking over and it is not down to the usual Medical, Arts or Law anymore. Students want to do more, they have various talents and especially colleges are providing these through affiliations with international universities.

Hold on, there have just been a few major changes. According to the “The Commission for University Education (CUE) was established under the Universities Act, No. 42 of 2012, as the successor to the Commission for Higher Education. It is the Government agency mandated to regulate university education in Kenya.” The categories they have include:

Public chartered universities

Public university constituent colleges

Private charted universities

Private university constituent colleges

Institutions with letter of interim authority

Registered private institutions

The CUE also states “The Universities Regulations, 2014 were gazetted on 12th June 2014 and are currently in force. All stakeholders of university education are being advised to familiarise themselves and strictly adhere to the provisions of the Universities Regulations, 2014.”

Will the Commission for University Education be a gentle giant or a big brother? We will wait and watch. However it is encouraging to note that the standards of education and its facilities, human resources and technicalities have gone up and that we can be at par with the rest of the world.

The biggest difference is that Universities will no longer offer diploma courses. The rule restricts them to only offer degree courses. Colleges will also not be allowed to award degrees through collaboration with universities.

I think this is a good idea, it separates the masses from the classes, excuse the pun.

Let us not confuse the two institutions and be vague about their specialities and let the teachers get away with teaching us via notes. Let a classroom be full of vitality, it doesn’t mean getting a diploma makes you any lesser or poor quality student or worker. It just means you are actually quite serious about your achievement keeping in mind, the time and budget and specification of the qualification. A college will be better suited to make these better by concentrating on only these.

Universities have their own huge curriculum to attend to and perfect. Let them remain the space of innovation, creation and the next big thing. I believe it will also make a good quality gauge for CUE and any other body that wants to examine your qualification or the teachers/professors. Niche is quality, quantity is not.

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