Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has slammed the universities councils and entire management team for perpetrating tribalism and division in varsity sectors .
Speaking at graduation ceremony Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Dr Matiang’i said most university councils are not reflecting the face of Kenya.
“Public universities are run on taxpayers money and we cannot allow them to be turned into ethnic enclaves, they must remain national institutions,” said the Cabinet Secretary.
He insisted that university managers must uphold high standards in the appointments of senior faculty officials.
He adds that the government is set to review the recruitment process in public universities where there is a chronic problem.
At the same time, Dr Matiang’i asked universities to rethink the mismatch between universities’ curricula and local conditions and needs.
He however asked private universities to have the courage to diversify their menu of academic programmes and invest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses that are necessary for the growth and development of the continent.