Commission for Higher Education launches probe into the 118 PhDs awarded by JKUAT University

Photo- JKUAT main campus in Juja. The university got the highest admissions of new students in 2019.
Photo- JKUAT main campus in Juja. The university got the highest admissions of new students in 2019.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) has launched an inquiry into the 118 PhDs awarded by JKUAT during their 33rd graduation ceremony held on 21st June 2019. This was deemed to be a weighty matter that required urgent attention, particularly to assure quality of the PHD awards.

The Commission immediately established a Committee of Inquiry to address the issues pertaining to the conferment of PhDs by JKUAT. CUE has met senior staff of JKUAT as well as key staff members of the Board of Postgraduate Studies (BPS) and perused critical documents to establish if due process was followed in the award of these PHDs. The Commission’s team of inquiry has visited JKUAT campuses where most of the PHD training took place and undertaken strategic engagements and site verification visits.

During this process, the Commission has set out to establish whether standard procedures were adhered to in regard to training, research, supervision and examination processes of the said PHDs as stipulated in the Universities Act, 2012; Universities Regulations, 2014 and Universities Standards and Guidelines, 2014.

At the conclusion of the exercise, the Commission will compile a comprehensive report to be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education and keep the public informed on the same.

This undertaking is part of a broader comprehensive audit on the quality of university education in Kenya, under the guidance of the Education Cabinet Secretary, which encompasses probe on:

a). The quality of doctoral programmes in our universities including student: faculty ratios;
b). Adequacy of teaching and learning facilities in universities;
c). Qualifications of faculty in our universities;
d). Quality of academic programmes offered in our universities;
e). Financial sustainability in public universities as presently constituted;
f). Duplication of academic programmes in universities; and
g). Staffing situation in public universities.

The Commission has engaged universities seeking their input towards the above issues and will use it to develop an advisory to the CS on quality of university education, by 30th July 2019. The Commission has already met with the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education and briefed him on the progress towards achievement of this assignment as well as progress towards establishing authenticity of the JKUAT 118 PHD degrees.

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  1. This is pure corruption and dereliction of duty. The chancellor and senate should all be investigated and sacked if due process was not followed in award of these PHDs. We have being reduced to a nation and a people of questionable character wherever we go as Kenyans. It’s shameful, heartless and myopic to steal on matters education. Just imagine training fake teachers, doctors, engineers, etc. No wonder as Africans we are called monkeys and other deragatory terms. You make most of us loose hope knowing very well that, it’s only through education that we can give everybody a chance to be equal given the same and just opportunities.We are dead as a nation in our deeds and thoughts. We are busy planting seeds for chaos and revolution without care and thought. Bure kabisa.


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