More than 10,000 students enrolled in bachelor’s degree courses in 26 Kenyan Universities risk graduating with “worthless” certificates because the programmes are being offered illegally.
According to a report by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, the Commission for University Education (CUE) has not approved the courses and they are therefore invalid.
A total of 133 courses that have a cumulative enrollment of over 10,000 slots in various universities have been rejected by the commission.
Here is a list of unauthorized courses,
Bachelor of arts in geography
Bachelor of arts in political science
Bachelor of arts in community development
Bachelor of arts in development and policy studies
Bachelor of arts in counseling psychology
Bachelor of arts in economics
Bachelor of arts in Kiswahili
Bachelor of arts in international relations
Bachelor of arts in public administration and governance
Bachelor of arts in peace education
Questionable science courses include;
Bachelor of science in applied statistics with computing
Bachelor of science in actuarial science
Bachelor of science in botany
Bachelor of science in informatics and natural resource management
Bachelor of science in management and information
Bachelor of science in human nutrition and dietetics
Bachelor of science in public health, and
Bachelor of science in biochemistry.
The Commission for University Education (CUE) is in charge of quality in the universities and is mandated to approve all courses before they are launched.
It is also authorised to regularly inspect standards.
According to the report, Tom Mboya University College is teaching 25 degree courses without the commission’s approval, affecting about 810 students.
Garissa University has enrolled 385 students in eight unapproved courses. Others are Kenya Highlands Evangelical University with seven illegal programmes.
Kisii University has five, University of Embu has six, Alupe University has ten, Great Lakes University of Kisumu has eight illegal courses.
Others are Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology with six, Kenyatta University four, Karatina University four, Lukenya University six and Moi University offers three unapproved courses.
It is not clear how CUE failed to stop the universities from offering the courses and what options are open to students who have already paid fees and are pursuing their courses of choice hoping to build successful careers.
Contacted for comment, CUE chief executive Mwenda Ntarangwi replied to a text message, saying: “Sorry, I can’t talk right now.” A vice-chancellor at one of the universities who sought anonymity blamed the commission for the mess, saying it does not do a thorough inspection of institutions.
He said while employers are unlikely to know if a degree programme is approved or not, graduates of such universities wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in Kenya or abroad would face admission challenges.
Students already taking these courses now risk being discontinued as those who have graduated face being blocked out of the job market.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION