Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed the higher education regulator to audit all universities operating with letters of interim mandates to establish their suitability.

Dr Matiang’i on Monday said universities that will be found to have breached the law will be shut with immediate effect.

He said some of the private universities cannot pay lecturers and fulfill their financial responsibilities, adding that the ministry will not wait to see students waste their money at such institutions.

“If they are not ready they should surrender the certificates.”

Dr Matiang’I, who was speaking during the 31st Amref Health Africa graduation in Nairobi, asked universities to prepare for a major shake-up, insisting that it will not be business as usual.

The institutions with letters of interim authority include Aga Khan University (2002), Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology (2002), Gretsa University (2006), Presbyterian University of East Africa (2007), The East African University (2010), Management University of Africa (2011), Pioneer International University (2012), Riara University (2012), Umma University (2013), International Leadership University (2014), Zetech University (2014), Lukenya University (2015), RAF International University (2016) and Amref International University (2017).

“We want to only have universities… whose focus is quality education,”

said the CS who also asked university councils to be courageous enough and recall degrees awarded to Kenyans irregularly, especially politicians.

He awarded the institution a letter of interim authority, which means it will now offer degree programmes.