Matiang’i makes major announcement for all Kenyan universities

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang'i has made a major announcement for all Kenyan universities.

Education CS Fred Matiang'i

Speaking on Monday during education reforms in Naivasha, Matiang’i stated that all satellite campuses were affecting the standards of education in Kenya.

The no-nonsense education CS immediately shut down a satellite campus in Rwanda stating that it had been opened illegally.

"Opening the satellite campuses waters down standards," Matiang’i said.

The education CS also announced that all satellite campuses would be audited to ensure they adhere to the standards required in Kenya.

"The varsities audit revealed ineligible students were admitted to pursue degrees and that honorary degrees were given to undeserving cases," he added.

A recent audit report on universities exposed how students were being admitted without meeting the expected qualifications.

The report prepared by Commission for University Education (CUE) noted that many students graduated prematurely without completing the set study time.

It added that honorary degrees were being awarded in contravention of the universities standards and guidelines to some individuals.

"All academic programmes under the school-based programme or any other related names are stopped forthwith. Students on school-based mode shall be required to continue training on a part-time basis," the report recommended.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has begun verifying academic certificates of aspirants seeking to contest in the August 8 election.

On Sunday, Matiang’i announced that any politician who had doctored his academic papers would not be allowed to vie for any seat.

“I know politicians will not be happy with me on this but we will not retreat.

“How do you vote and sit pretty at home believing that this person who altered his papers will do much for you? he posed.

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