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Universities to kick out part-time lecturers for standards improvement

Part-time lecturers will soon be locked out of universities as the higher education regulator moves in to ensure that those teaching in the institutions meet minimum requirements.

Commission for University Education deputy CEO in-charge of quality, audit and standards Anne Nangulu said instead, universities will be required to share available lecturers.

“We are encouraging intra-mobility of lecturers, which means that universities can share available lecturers,” said Prof Nangulu.

She said the commission is determined to phase out part-time lecturers saying that most of them are giving substandard services to students.

DOCTORATE DEGREES

“Most of these part time lecturers cannot recommend students since most of them do not know the students as they spent less time with them,” Prof  Nangulu told the Nation during the just ended conference on university education.

By 2018, CUE has directed all universities to have lecturers who are holders of doctorate degrees.

Statistics indicate that there are 23 accredited public universities, 12 public university constituent colleges, 17 chartered private universities, five private university constituent colleges and 14 private universities with Letters of Interim Authority.

The report by CUE indicates that for the last one year, close to 6,000 students  enrolled for PhDs, but only 369 graduated, which translates to 6.2 per cent.

It also indicates that the country has less than 10,000 PhD holders, and requires 1,000 PhDs per year in order to narrow the student to lecturer ratio.