CS Amina Mohamed Proposes Ammendment of University Act

  • Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has proposed the amendment of the University Act to allow the appointment of the chairperson of the University Council by the president.

    The proposal if successful would give President Uhuru Kenyatta more influence on the constitution of the Councils.

    This comes after the Education CS announced the recruitment of public universities council members and chairperson.

    "Interested candidates for the position of chairperson should hold a minimum of an earned PhD degree from a recognised University. Applicants should not be public servants or active members of any university faculty.

    [caption caption="Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed"][/caption]

    "Those seeking to be members of councils should hold a minimum of an earned master’s degree (executive Masters are not accepted) from a recognized university. Applicants should not be public servants or active members of any university faculty," she conveyed earlier in May.

    Currently, every University has a management Council which consists of not less than 18 and not more than 25 members.

    "The membership of the Council is the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Honorary Treasurer who shall be appointed by the board of trustees," reads sections 15 of the University Act.

    While giving an update on KCSE and KCPE preparations at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Wednesday, CS Amina stated: "Each one of us should uphold a high level of professionalism and integrity as we undertake the exercise before us and I assure you of my Ministry's support."

    CS Amina further urged principals who are appointed as centre managers to rise to the occasion and provide leadership in the administration of the examination.

    "How can we have children demanding theft of exam papers? It is our responsibility to ensure that the next generation is prepared to make its contribution based on accountability and respect to the rule of law, systems and processes.

    "The ministry will close down any schools found to engage in any form of cheating," she added.

    [caption caption="Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed"][/caption]