Tertiary cleanup: Universities to drop Journalism and Business degrees

Tertiary cleanup: Universities to drop Journalism and Business degrees

- Radical reforms in Kenya’s universities could see degrees in Business Administration, Education and Journalism scrapped

- The country’s Ministry of Education wants to put a stop to uneconomical multiplication of degrees

- Kenya currently has 74 private and public universities, most of which offer degrees in Business Administration, Education and Journalism

Three degrees have, in recent years, failed to attract enough entrants, making them uneconomical to manage.

In all, nine popular courses could be scrapped from some Kenyan universities as a result of financial constraint.

"The concern is that universities offer similar programmes and that newly established universities went ahead to offer programmes already existing in other institutions especially in their mother institutions," a report by the Education Ministry said.

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The report was presented before the Parliamentary Committee on Education by Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha early August 2019.

According to the report, the duplication of teaching areas has resulted in inadequate academic staff and poor demand of graduates in these courses.

However, dropping these degrees will lead to job losses for some academic staff in the various universities, the report said.

Meanwhile, lucrative courses like Actuarial Science and Computer Science could also reportedly be scrapped by the Ministry.

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The report adds that only Law and Engineering remain competitive, as they have not suffered duplication and are offered in selected few institutions.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a Ghanaian researcher has been awarded a grant to digitise Accra’s high risk architectural documents.

She will be working on this project from October 2019 alongside fieldwork for her PhD on ‘The Architecture of Education in Ghana’.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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