Ministry of University Education to be Created in Ruto’s Government if New Proposal Goes Through
Vice Chancellors and principals of various public universities now want President William Ruto to create the Ministry of University Education, which will steer the higher education sector in the country.
During a meeting in Mombasa on Wednesday, the dons maintained that the new administration should also form a task force to look into the challenges facing higher education in the country.
According to the university heads, university education lacks the attention it used to get from the government when the president stopped being the chancellor of all public universities.
The university chiefs also discussed how to motivate researchers to commercialize their innovations.
The principal secretary, University Education and Research Simon Nabkwesi said the ministry is discussing how to make sure that graduates secure jobs once they complete their studies.
“We want to make sure that what is offered at the universities is tailor-made for the market. Graduates should not stay out for long after graduation,” he said.
The PS revealed that the university heads will establish a paper that will be presented to President Ruto, which will outline the proposals to improve university education in the country.
The ps also said that universities should be encouraged to come up with innovative ways to generate revenue to supplement what they get from the government.
Technical University of Kenya Vice Chancellor Prof Francis Aduol and his University of Eldoret counterpart Prof Teresia Akenga yesterday said there is need to have a ministry directly dealing with university institutions to stop their micromanagement.
They were speaking during the first international annual conference for public university council chairpersons, vice chancellors and principals of constituent universities.
Nabukwesi, who opened the guest of honour, said one of the objectives of the conference was to review the education system.
He said the dons are discussing how to make sure students access quality education and also come up renovation to address emerging changes.
The PS added the conference will help the dons develop and share their vision in the areas of governance, legislation, and other regulations that can support public university education.