UHURU KENY­ATTA

Our fo­cus now must be strength­en­ing the in­sti­tu­tions that we have, build­ing their re­silience and en­sur­ing sus­tained qual­ity, says Uhuru

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No more var­si­ties for now

The Pres­i­dent yes­ter­day or­dered a freeze in the es­tab­lish­ment of new uni­ver­si­ties. This will give room for strength­en­ing ex­ist­ing ones, build­ing re­silience and pro­vid­ing more tech­ni­cal and vocational train­ing. He is­sued the di­rec­tive af­ter award­ing char­ters to eight new uni­ver­si­ties at State House, Nairobi.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta yes­ter­day or­dered a freeze on es­tab­lish­ing new uni­ver­si­ties. This will give al­low for strength­en­ing ex­ist­ing ones as well as pro­vid­ing more tech­ni­cal and vocational train­ing.

He is­sued the di­rec­tive af­ter award­ing char­ters to eight new uni­ver­si­ties at State House, Nairobi. A ninth, Garissa Univer­sity, was ini­tially planned to be among the in­sti­tu­tions get­ting their char­ter, but Uhuru said he would per­son­ally travel to the North­east­ern county to de­liver the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Garissa Univer­sity Col­lege was the site of an al Shabaab mas­sacre last year in which 148 peo­ple died.

The Pres­i­dent said his de­ci­sion on Garissa Univer­sity is meant to send a loud mes­sage that Kenya will never be cowed by ter­ror­ism. The eight are KAG East Univer­sity in Ka­ji­ado coun- ty, the Co­op­er­a­tive Univer­sity of Kenya in Nairobi, Rongo Univer­sity in Mig­ori and Taita Taveta Univer­sity.

The oth­ers are Kirinyaga Univer­sity, Machakos Univer­sity, Mu­rang’a Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and Univer­sity of Embu. The Pres­i­dent also wit­nessed the in­stal­la­tion of chan­cel­lors of the new uni­ver­si­ties.

The chan­cel­lors are Fred Oji­ambo (Kirinyaga Univer­sity), James Mwo­ria (Machakos Univer­sity), Joseph Nyaga (Co­op­er­a­tive Univer­sity), Prof Mo­hamed Y Elmi (Rongo Univer­sity), Prof Musili Wam­bua (Embu Univer­sity), Rev Dr Peter Nji­iri (KAG East Univer­sity), Dr Philista Onyango and Dr Sally Kos­gei (Taita Taveta Univer­sity).

“Our fo­cus now must be strength­en­ing the in­sti­tu­tions that we have; build­ing their re­silience and en­sur­ing sus­tained qual­ity,” Uhuru said. “Th­ese in­sti­tu­tions have to be glob­ally com­pet­i­tive in their op­er­a­tions and ser­vice de­liv­ery. Quan­tity at the ex­pense of qual­ity has a po­ten­tial to harm our coun­try.”

The Pres­i­dent said the gov­ern­ment will also fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the nec­es­sary job skills needed for Kenya to meet the ob­jec­tives of Vi­sion 2030. “We are de­ter­mined to de­liver on vocational train­ing, through our Tech­ni­cal and Vocational Train­ing In­sti­tu­tions.”

/PSCU

Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta at State House, Nairobi, yes­ter­day. Uhuru awarded char­ters to eight uni­ver­si­ties

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