Eth­nic­ity plays out in job dis­tri­bu­tion in uni­ver­si­ties

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

There is in­creased trib­al­ism in job dis­tri­bu­tion in in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, a re­port re­leased yes­ter­day in­di­cates.

The Eth­nic and Di­ver­sity Au­dit of Pub­lic Uni­ver­si­ties in Kenya re­port shows that 66 per cent of to­tal jobs in uni­ver­si­ties and con­stituent col­leges are oc­cu­pied by the six ‘dom­i­nant’ com­mu­ni­ties.

This leaves 44 per cent for the re­main­ing eth­nic groups. The six are Kalen­jin, Kamba, Kikuyu, Kisii, Luhya and Luo, which dom­i­nate both top and sub­or­di­nate po­si­tions in their re­spec­tive ar­eas of op­er­a­tions.

The au­dit re­port, which was con­ducted by the Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion, sam­pled 22 pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and nine con­stituent col­leges.

Dur­ing the launch in Nairobi yes­ter­day, NCIC chair­man Fran­cis ole Ka­paro said it is wor­ry­ing that most pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties still em­ploy staff based on tribe.

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