Education CS Fred Matiang’i while speaking on Wednesday at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies ordered public universities to stop opening satellite campuses immediately. He said they should be focusing more on improving the quality of their existing campuses.
He said that this is because other campuses are opened without care or thorough thought. He mentioned that satellite campuses have been closing down since February this year. Said the Education minister.
“Some of these campuses are being set up on top of bars while others have no essential facilities and we will not allow it anymore,”
He also said that public university staff will be hired on contract and not permanent or pensionable terms as was previously done. He wants universities to reduce the number of non-teaching staff. Lower level lecturers may also be affected by his orders.
“We want to measure the productivity of these staff by putting them on contracts. Universities have now been turned into employment bureaus without looking at the benefits that these staff bring to the institutions,” Matiang’i said.