The government is set to gazette the proposed amendments to University Regulations 2014 following validation by stakeholders. In a meeting held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on 21st February 2020, the university stakeholders gave CUE a green light to proceed with the final phase of operationalizing the Regulations.
The meeting comprising vice-chancellors and deputy vice-chancellors, principals of constituent university colleges, professional bodies’ representatives, Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), private sector and student recruitment agencies representatives along with Commission board members and management was taken through the corrections made to the Regulations following comments by stakeholders at a similar meeting held in November 2019 at the same venue.
The delegates gave their final input to which the Commission is expected to incorporate before forwarding the document to the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha for gazettement. Prof. Magoha opened the session with a call to every stakeholder to own the document noting, “If we are looking towards finding solutions to the challenges facing our institutions, then all of us must take part in this process. I know what you are going through as managers of universities. I have been there and one thing I want to tell you today is that the solution to all these challenges you are experiencing lies with you”.
Left: Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha addresses university stakeholders during the validation workshop on Phase II Amendments to University regulations 2014 at KICD. Right: University Stakeholders follow proceedings during the validation workshop on Phase II Amendments to University regulations 2014 at KICD.
Prof. Magoha decried the deteriorating state of research in universities saying it has negatively impacted on their visibility in the global research map. While he attributed this to low research funding, he challenged universities to diversify means of generating funding for research to make sure research n the university does not deteriorate further. “Let us face the fact that our research output is gradually falling. It is upon you to find out what your faculties are engaging in”, Prof. Magoha told the varsity bosses.
On the subject of right sizing, the Cabinet Secretary lauded some universities that had made tremendous progress in rationalizing some of the operations. “I’m happy that some of you have made diagnosis of the problem and even found cure. You know yourselves. I can’t keep mentioning your names all the time. Keep up the good job,” he said.
Prof. Magoha pointed out that students remain key stakeholders in the university sub sector. The CS noted that university managers should regularly engage student leaders in dialogue to get their views on how to address students’ welfare including the subject of adjusting fees.
Before welcoming the Cabinet Secretary to speak, Commission Board Chairman, Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha noted that the just ended review of University Regulations 2014 was radar that allows all stakeholders to interact with each other. The Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi walked the stakeholders through the changes and amendments instituted in the document and expressed his gratitude to all stakeholders for taking ownership of the Regulations.