Daystar University has become the first university in the country to respond to a threat issued by Education CS Fred Matiang’i on the cancellation of irregularly awarded degrees.
During an interview with KTN News, Daystar University Vice Chancellor Dr Timothy Wachira stated that the institution was supportive of the reforms initiated by Matiang’i, adding that the process would improve the standards of education in Kenya.
Kiman, however, clarified that Daystar had been audited by the Council for University Education (CUE).
He noted that their programmes had been approved, but noted that there were a few issues that they needed to explain to the CUE.
One of Daystar's online programmes was earmarked, with Kimani stating that the move did not mean the course would be cancelled.
The VC further explained that they would also need to explain trimester programmes that have caused confusion over the speed at which students go through their programmes.
Kimani noted that the trimester programmes are only for academically gifted students who are able to handle extra coursework without going for the long vacations.
He added that the credit hours are not compromised while allowing students to go through trimesters.
There have been speculations that private universities allowing students to crash programmes may be affected by the reforms spearheaded by Matiang’i.
“I have to prepare the public that some of the reforms we are going to carry out are going to be painful and very difficult to accept. We will have to implement the necessary reforms to restore the credibility of our education system,” Matiang’i stated in an earlier interview.
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