Students have been urged to focus their energies towards constructive activities that are beneficial to them and the society, instead of engaging in negative and destructive activities.
Addressing students during an open forum organized by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology student leadership at the University’s main campus, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga expressed dismay at the unfolding events touching on students in the country and urged parents and all stakeholders to be worry of the trends.
As a result of the worrying pattern by students, she disclosed, the University was in the process of evaluating its curriculum with a view to include some training in ethics and values that would help our students to handle the challenges in life with integrity and honour.
She said training institutions of higher learning have concentrated on academic work and getting better jobs with little focus on values and ethics. This, Prof. Imbuga explained, had led to many reported cases of students taking the law into their hands and becoming a security risk by joining outlawed groups.
“We value our students and we want to ensure they are dependable and responsible upon completion of their studies. We are in the process of looking at our curriculum with a view to inculcating ethical values that will guide them n life,” she told the students.
Prof. Imbuga challenged students to utilize their skills, knowledge and training effectively in their various areas of expertise by offering voluntary services in a bid to solving the many problems facing the society. She assured the students of quality training anchored on intensive practical training in preparation for any global opportunities, adding that organizations wanted people who could solve societal challenges.
In his address, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, advised students to maintain good morals and focus on their studies as the University administration was dedicated to see them excel.
Prof. Victoria Ngumi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration urged the students to always embrace dialogue with the administration when faced with challenges.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension (RPE) Prof. Mary Abukutsa encouraged the students to venture into research and coming up with innovations to offer solutions to the challenges facing the country,while Richard Ochieng, the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) Secretary General appealed to his colleagues to keep of activities that could derail them from their studies.
College principals, deans, heads of departments and JKUSA officials also attended the function.