The Academic Affairs Division recently held a signing ceremony Performance Contracts of the Deans of Schools and Directors in the Division. The ceremony was presided over by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Prof. Romanus O. Odhiambo and attended by the DiPCA team. Before the signing, the Performance Contracts had been forwarded to DiPCA for review to enhance their quality and ensure the University’s targets and indicators were effectively cascaded.
In his remarks, the Director DiPCA, Prof. John M. Wesonga highlighted the indicators that were crucial to the implementation of the University’s Performance Contract. Among the areas pointed out were the service delivery category where areas of focus were on registration of new students, student accommodation, courtesy training and adherence to the service delivery charter, especially in the timely commencement of teaching at the start of the semester and timely issuance of transcripts. Another area in this category is innovation in service delivery through the establishment of an Open Data Centre, Tissue-culture satellite labs and a centralized customer care centre.
In the so-called non-financial category, the development or implementation cascaded Strategic Plans was highlighted as well as asset management especially disposal, industrial attachment and compliance with the Constitution. The Director requested that under the indicator on compliance to statutory obligations, the Deans conduct a legal audit on Laws that govern areas of operation. Other cross-cutting indicators in this category include gender mainstreaming, disability mainstreaming, safety and security for example with regard to exams.
The operations performance criteria category covers performance indicators, projects/programmes that are unique to an institution or and are aligned to the core mandate of the institution, for the Deans and Directors, the indicators highlighted are the development of software and ICT applications, registration of Intellectual Properties, implementation of the Risk Management Framework, developing programmes in Space Science and Biotechnology and consultancy services in the same, Ease of Doing Business with special focus on registration of new students.
Under dynamic/qualitative indicators category competency development, staff appraisal, knowledge management and Prevention of both HIV/AIDS and Alcohol & Drug Abuse were the notable areas.
The Corruption Eradication category now incorporates the Mwongozo Code of Governance while National Cohesion and National Values Mainstreaming is now a full category with various activities. The Academic Affairs Division is expected to spearhead the review of the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Organisation (JKUSO) Constitution to improve governance in compliance with Article 10(2) of the Constitution.
The DVC (AA) Prof. Odhiambo reminded the Deans and Directors that even though the performance contract signing ceremony was conducted well into the contract period, the implementation had commenced and quarterly reports should be submitted on time.
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