Hungry for accountability and good governance from student leaders, JKUAT Main Campus students have set a new record by subjecting aspirants to intellectual debates before rolling cameras. Like the televised presidential debates that captured the breath of the nation in the run-up to the March 4 General Elections, aspirants to the students’ Governing Council faced a barrage of questions from their contemporaries as the campaigns hot up.
The debates, organized by Social Sciences and Humanities Department in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office and the Corporate Communications Office, are meant to gleam into the minds of the would be leaders, focusing on issues affecting students besides grounding the competence of various aspirants.
Making a debut in the new order of conducting governance business at the varsity, Kevin Kidambasi and Felix Kipkalya, both vying for the position of the chairperson commended the initiative, reckoning that time had come for students to get value from the students’ Governing Council.
Facing two hosts and an audience drawn from students’ groups drawn from various faculties, clubs and societies, aspirants for the position of the chairperson, secretary general, academics and accommodation have already been inducted. The rest of the students fraternity will have a chance to interact with the interviews once the videos are uploaded on various social media platforms.
Commenting on the programme, the Dean of Students Ms. Emma Omulokoli observed that the initiative, one of its kind in the country’s higher education system, will add immense value to student governance. She further called on the students to actively participate in the process in order to elect competent leaders.
Liz Wangui, a final year Mass Communication student who is also one of the interview hosts, agreed the initiative is both timely and important.
“As a Mass Communication student, it is a great learning opportunity. Equally, the student fraternity for the first time has a chance to ask the right questions at the right time,” says Liz.
JKUAT students in all campuses will on October 29, 2013 cast votes for those aspiring to occupy the Governing Council offices. The elected leaders will be sworn into office on October 31, 2013 giving way for induction and training of the student leaders between 6th and 8th November 2013.