Lecturers who Teach Rejected Courses will be Fired by Universities; CUE
Lecturers who Teach Rejected Courses will be Fired by Universities; CUE. The organization that oversees universities has warned the government not to support degree programs that are failing to attract enough enrollment.
Instructors of these courses must now seek employment elsewhere, according to Chacha Nyaigoti, chairman of the Commission for Universities (CUE).
Prof. Chacha claims that a lot of degree programs lack student interest, which makes it challenging to allocate resources to them.
He emphasized the costs associated with teaching a small class, pointing out that each course comprises of numerous units taught by highly paid, qualified university staff members.
He was responding to a report in The Standard about under-enrolled students in 2022 KCSE placement classes offered by Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
The alarming statistics showed that only one student was enrolled in each of the 18 degree programs. The remaining 104 academic programs each had a maximum enrollment of 10 students.
Food security, horticulture, soil science, forestry, dryland agriculture, biological sciences, geophysics and mineralogy, aquaculture and fisheries technology, and environmental chemistry were among the bachelor of science courses offered.
In each of the following courses: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Bachelor of Science Networks and Communication Systems, Bachelor of Industrial Technology, Water Resource and Environmental Management, Environmental Resource Management, Library and Knowledge Management, and Bachelor of Arts Chaplaincy, only one student earned a national ranking.
Some academic programs, in Chacha’s opinion, are solely regarded as course units. The characteristics of the institution, market forces, the availability of resources, the oversight of professional organizations, the availability of suitable space, facilities, and faculty, among other factors, have a significant impact on the nature of the programs offered at various universities.
Chacha believes that the approximately 200 courses with less than 10 students should serve as a wake-up message to everyone involved in higher education.
The importance of improving understanding of and reevaluating the design of degree programs inside educational institutions was emphasized by Professor Chacha. He emphasized that universities had received similar advice on numerous occasions, and it is finally becoming a reality.
The lecturer was curious as to how a biblical studies degree was taught. He considered it to be an extra subject that might be covered in a theology course unit.
The areas covered by degrees like the Bachelor of Sociology and Technology and the Bachelor of Agriculture with Information Technology were also questions he asked.
Some of them, in Chacha’s opinion, can be taught as course modules as a part of a larger academic program because they are too specialized. He argued that it would be expensive to offer these classes, which only drew less than ten pupils, because each course would require a sizeable number of paid teachers.
KUCCPS Chief Executive Mercy Wahome questioned the justification for some university courses that had an abundance of professors but a shortage of students last week in Naivasha during a media sensitization workshop on the new funding model.
Dr. Wahome claims that the new funding scheme may force universities to reevaluate the programs’ financial viability. According to Chacha, the universities may have had the best of intentions when they designed their academic programs, but they need to start over.
He asserted that because certain courses have such a restricted concentration, it is difficult for students to demonstrate the breadth of their degree programs while searching for jobs abroad.
It has become apparent that the new funding system may force private colleges to reassign one-sixth of their workforce.