This week, the Commission for University Education (CUE) ordered the closure of university campuses that did not meet the operational standards set out for institutions of higher learning.
The institutions were given 90 days to move the affected students to their other accredited sister campuses.
According to an inspection report submitted to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, 10 campuses of Kisii University alone did not meet the threshold.
Eleven campuses of four private universities, in addition to the main campuses, were inspected and found to have met the minimum requirement for recognition.
Eighteen campuses of seven public universities were also evaluated.
Universities that were evaluated and received accreditation scored 70 per cent and above on evaluation criteria.
The campuses identified for closure garnered less than 50 per cent, while others scored above 50 per cent but less than half on the item overall score.
What all this boils down to is the need for better checks when starting campuses to avoid inconvenience to students.
KIMANI WA NJUGUNA, Gatundu South