The Commission for University Education (CUE) Commission Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi has called on players in higher education to inculcate a quality culture in all their undertakings to enhance relevance and sustainability in the sector.
Prof. Ntarangwi was speaking as a panelist during a live broadcast of Standard Media Group fifth edition of Transform Kenya held on 28th March, 2019 at Daystar University.
The CEO noted that it was a collective responsibility for all stakeholders to jealously guard, and institute mechanisms to sustain quality, to ascertain that the expansion in higher education does not compromise quality.
He said that the Commission in its regulatory role continued to put in place mechanisms to guide the provision of quality university education. He cited examples such as strategic stakeholder engagement, facilitation of the establishment of quality assurance units within universities, setting minimum standards and guidelines and research on vital aspects of university education to provide policy advisories to government.
Commission Secretary & CEO Commission for University Education Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi in a past event in his Office
“Quality is not an event, but a process that requires continual improvement from all of us. The concept of quality should permeate right from basic education and go beyond academics to nurture other abilities in learners as espoused in the Competence-Based Curriculum”, Prof. Ntarangwi said.
He re-assured the public of the credibility of Kenyan education system which he said was acclaimed globally. He implored sector players to strive to improve on it and build capacity in those areas where gaps had been identified.
Dr. Lucy Wakiaga, a faculty member at Tangaza University College urged her fellow academicians to improve on their pedagogical skills to keep pace with the dynamism of the current learners.
Costantine Wesonga, a panelist who is Secretary-General of the University Academic Staff Union (UASU) called for the need to appropriately remunerate and apportion acceptable workload, for faculty in universities to deliver effectively. He called for the upholding of principles of governance and independence of the organs of university to live up to their respective delineated mandates.
“We have witnessed instances where university Senates members are appointees of individuals in Management and are as a result, thoroughly compromised and unable to provide the requisite academic and administrative leadership with the stipulated (as by Law provided) autonomy and objectivity.”, the Secretary- General said.
Other panelists driving the KTN News live broadcast annual forum were Chief Executive HELB, Charles Ringera, Prof. Laban Ayiro, Vice-Chancellor Daystar University and Akello Misori, Secretary-General, Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).
Other stakeholders stressed the need to continually interrogate the impact of expansion of higher education on quality output.
Amos Kaburu from Twaweza East Africa said “We do not have too many universities, what we have is a case of universities steering away from the quality philosophy. This can be partly attributed to ethnicization and politicization in the appointment of holders of governing organs in most of the universities.”
Kaburu said there was clearly a need to define quality from the end-user perspective.
The expert panelists, stakeholders and live audience participants, collectively agreed on the need for inclusive regular multi-sectoral engagement for a lasting solution and sustainable transformation of the HE sector.