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Varsities on the spot over standards

Sunday October 6 2013

PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | FILE The University of Nairobi's Main Campus.

PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | FILE The University of Nairobi's Main Campus.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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A House committee chairperson wants colleges and universities operating in environments that are not academic friendly deregistered.

Ms Sabina Chege, who leads the Committee on Education, said she had called on the Commission for Higher Education to take action to ensure the quality of higher education in the country was streamlined in line with the University Education Act of 2012.

She raised concern over some institutions of higher learning that produced half-baked graduates.

“We are concerned with the quality of education being offered by some universities whose graduates are not meeting market demands. We want to see to it that the Act is fully implemented,” she said.

Mount Kenya University chairman Simon Gicharu decried the low level of publishing books for higher education in the country, which he said made institutions spend a lot in foreign exchange importing the academic materials.

“We challenge authors to publish academic materials so that we don’t waste a lot on importing these books,” said Mr Gicharu.


Trans Nzoia governor Patrick Khaemba asked the government to demonstrate its dedication to improving the education by not only focusing on technology but also infrastructural development.