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Magoha asks universities to stop offering ‘irrelevant’ courses


Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has called on the universities to be more deliberate on the type of courses they offer.

Prof Magoha was speaking during the release of the 2019/2020 placements for the universities and colleges at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Magoha said the ministry will start to review the courses offered at the institutions as most of them are not in line with the demands of the job market.

“Why are you creating new programs that are irrelevant to our economy? We have over 100 programs that no child has applied to go to, most of these programs are new. Could it be we have forgotten we are scholars and we have just become traders?” Magoha posed.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES

A total of 89,486 government-sponsored students will pursue degree programmes in public and private universities out of a total of 90,755 who scored a mean grade of C+ and above.

The remaining 1,269 students applied for diploma courses and were placed based on their choices.

The CS asked universities to open dialogues that will seek ideas on how to free public universities from political captivity and unplanned expansion.

“In the short time I have been in the ministry, the request for new universities from politician has been more than 10,” added Magoha.