Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SUNDAY REVIEW -

Sir, com­par­ing the sit­u­a­tion in our uni­ver­si­ties to­day and your time, it would seem a lot of wa­ter has passed un­der the bridge so to speak. What is your take on this and what do you think has re­sulted in this neg­a­tive out­come?

Uni­ver­si­ties were places of hon­our and aca­demic dis­tinc­tion. Many im­por­tant de­bates were held at the cam­puses in Dar, Mak­erere and Nairobi. Then hell broke loose when the Moi state in­vaded the uni­ver­si­ties in an at­tempt to turn them into ap­pendages of the mono­lithic po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and launched a sys­temic as­sault on aca­demic free­dom. But the univer­sity com­mu­ni­ties fought back. But the path to hon­our and dis­tinc­tion is still nar­row and dif­fi­cult to tread for aca­demi­cians and stu­dents alike. Higher learn­ing and re­search re­quire more re­sources and in­vest­ment and a con­ducive and en­abling en­vi­ron­ment.

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