Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has threatened to shut down Kenyan universities offering what he has described as 'funny' courses.
Speaking during the official release of the 2019/2020 universities and colleges student placement results, CS Magoha says 100 university courses did not enroll any candidate.
Magoha has directed for a review of courses offered in the universities to do away with such programs and make sure all courses are market-oriented.
“I might be forced to shut some public universities this year and send some lecturers home. We cannot continue having irrelevant courses in our institutions that no single student has chosen for years,” Magoha says.
Earlier this year, some 26 universities in Kenya were found to be offering 133 unapproved degree programs to more than 10,000 students.
This was revealed in a report by the Commission for University Education (CUE).
Tom Mboya University College had the highest number of unapproved courses (25) followed by Garissa University and Alupe University, with 10 each.
Great Lakes University of Kisumu and Kenya Highlands Evangelical University had eight non-compliant programs each while Lukenya and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology had six each.
Kenyatta University and Karatina University had four each, while Moi University had three unapproved courses.