Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has directed the Commission for University Education to review 107 programmes after students failed to pick them.

Reports indicate that the 107 programmes might be cut off because they either did not attract applications or no student was selected to pursue the degree courses considered noncompetitive.

Prof Magoha stated: "There are many programmes in our universities that fail to attract a single student. This situation must be addressed." 

Education CS George Magoha with PS Belio Kipsang

Merging of university campuses

He added: "The Commission for University Education must conduct a thorough analysis of these courses with a view to addressing this shocking scenario, including a review and scrapping of such programmes."

The Education CS also urged the institutions of higher learning to merge some of their campuses and put a halt on the establishment of new ones.  

CS Magoha also noted that the bulk of university employees were non-teaching staff pointing to possible layoffs among these employees to reduce the wage bill. 

Barely a month ago, the Commission for University Education (CUE) announced it had rejected 133 courses with a total entry capacity of 10,000 and students who are currently taking these programmes might be discontinued.