The Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matian’gi held a meeting with Vice-Chancellors and Principals of Constituent Colleges of the Public Universities challenging them to chart the best way forward in managing higher education in the country. The meeting was held today March, 29, 2016 in the Council Chamber.
Speaking during the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary challenged the Vice-Chancellors to work at a team to ensure success of higher education pledging, to support the Vice-Chancellors in their effort to lift the standards of university education in Kenya.
Among the issues discussed included: working in harmony with regulatory bodies like Engineers Registration Board of Kenya, Council for Legal Education among others, to avoid punishing students, capitation from the government, controls in setting up satellite campuses and strengthening existing campuses through infrastructural development and prudent fiscal management.
The team discussed issues relating to the unit cost, the argument being that a student studying a given course in any university should pay a standard fee.
The Vice-Chancellors were challenged to avoid over-dependence on the government capitation and to look for alternative sources of financing like research and consultancy.
Prof. Collete Suda, the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, who accompanied the Cabinet Secretary, congratulated the CS for the bold move to tackle differentiated unit cost. She noted that it is an idea whose time has come.
Present during discussions on issues relating to higher Education were Dr. Kilemi Mwiria, President’s Advisor on Education, Higher Education Loans Board CEO, Mr. Ringera, Prof. David Some, CEO, Commission of University Education, Mr. John Muraguri, CEO, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service ( KUCCPS) .