The Commission on University Education (CUE) are set to make a decision on whether all university lecturers should have a PhD. They were earlier advised to enforce this directive by the end of this year.

This may result in a shortage of adequately qualified lecturers in a majority of universities in the country.

If these regulations were truly enforced in the country, many lecturers may lose their jobs and few universities would fit required standards.

“We need to pronounce ourselves on how we will achieve it. Institutions had been given some guidance on people who are supposed to teach and in terms of timeline on when to be achieved. The commission is discussing modalities of its implementation and therefore people should not panic,” said Prof Chacha.

Lecturers with Master’s degrees would now be just teaching assistants.

According to CUE, of the 10,350 lecturers in the country, less than half have PhDs and that 1% of the total amount of learners apply for PhD courses.

The University of Nairobi has 164 full professors and 238 associate professors at its institution. It also produces the most PhD graduates per year.