Universities brace for university commissioner changes

With the exit of current Commission for University Education CEO David Some, Kenya’s higher education is headed for major changes that will have a huge impact on how universities operate and the programmes they offer, writes Augustine Oduor for the Standard.

Some will leave the commission in September and is expected to take the required six months’ terminal leave. This means he is likely to take leave next month as he prepares for retirement. As curtains draw on the term of the current commissioners and CEO, sector experts say the agency has a golden opportunity for “serious reforms”.

For the first time, it is not mandatory that a former vice-chancellor heads the commission as the Universities (Amendment) Act has expanded the minimum requirements for the CEO to a masters degree. Previously, only former vice-chancellors were appointed to lead the agency in what sector players say “frustrated genuine implementation of key reforms”.
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