Senators call for urgent overhaul of higher education

Senators have asked the government to move swiftly and assess the country’s higher education sector to address issues affecting it such as poor infrastructure, inadequate resources for students’ living and class practices as well as poor funding for academic research, writes Eugene Kwibuka for New Times.

The legislators’ call is contained in about 20 recommendations that the Senate endorsed recently after its Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Human Rights and Petitions submitted a damning report on higher education.

Touring both private and public universities from October to December last year, the committee members noted that the higher education sector has improved over the last 22 years but still suffers heavily from poor funding and shallow monitoring for quality assurance. Among the recommendations made include the increment of students’ living allowance for those studying on government loans. Lecturers in both public and private universities also need better support to carry out research, according to the lawmakers.
Full report on the New Times site