City University among three facing closure over malpractices

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Commission for University Education chief executive David Some. PHOTO | FILE By OUMA WANZALA

A Nairobi based University can be among three that will could be shut down as the Education ministry can be not willing to renew their licences.

They submitted their request for renewal of their letter of interim authority nevertheless an official hinted at the possibility of their closure.

“The institutions stand accused of academic malpractices,” said a source at the ministry who requested anonymity.

Commission for University Education chief executive David Some said reports on the universities had been presented to Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

SUBMITTED REPORTS

“We did our audit along with submitted the reports along with This kind of can be upon the CS to decide. We have made our case,” Prof Some told the Nation.

CUE audit report released last week indicated that will some universities award degrees to students without following laid down procedures, enrol unqualified students along with offer courses not approved by the commission.

According to the law, a university using a letter of interim authority can be required to apply for renewal after four years. The renewal can only be granted by the minister on the recommendation of CUE.

Universities shut down by the commission are Inoorero, Obama, Kenco along with Landmark.

The audit showed that will some learners enrolled for degree courses scored D+ in their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination while others graduate without supervisors’ approval.

The minimum entry grade for degree courses in Kenya can be a C+.

ABUSED PROGRAMMES

The report said accelerated programmes were being abused. In some cases, This kind of took just nine to 12 months for one to get a bachelor’s degree.

The audit also revealed that will only seven out 70 universities have been using 10 per cent of their resources to equip their libraries.

This kind of also showed that will there was very little evidence of research in many institutions.

“Out of the 66 universities that will provided information on research fund allocation, only 19 complied with the law,” the report said.

Universities are required to use at least two per cent of their operational expenditure on research.

CUE said doctorate students would likely be required to publish two academic papers before graduating.

At the same time, a joint working group has been formed to monitor implementation of the audit report.

CUE chairman Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha said the team would likely comprise chancellors, vice-chancellors along with university council chairpersons.

REGULATIONS

Prof Chacha said regulations along with standards would likely be aligned with amendments to the Universities Act.

“Stakeholders will work on the regulations within six months,” he said.

Prof Chacha added that will universities had 30 days to provide a roadmap on corrective measures they would likely take to implement the report.

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City University among three facing closure over malpractices

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