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Universities to drop diploma courses by July

Universities will stop admitting certificate and diploma students by July.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) on Monday said the courses should be a preserve of technical institutions with universities focusing on degrees and post-graduate training.

Students enrolled before the deadline will be allowed to complete their certificate and diploma courses.

“Universities will cease to admit students to certificate and diploma courses by June 30, according to the Universities Regulations 2014,” CUE chief executive David Some said on the sidelines of a consultative meeting of university officials in Nairobi.

Prof Some said oversight on the quality of the diploma and certificate now falls with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA).

The TVETA chairman Wilson Ogola said that only technical universities will be allowed to continue offering certificate and diploma courses beyond July.

“The TVET Act is very clear on legal action to be taken against any defaulters of this requirement. We will not hesitate to invoke it,” he said.