Nominated Senator, Isaac Mwaura, has called on institutions of higher learning to offer productive education that is relevant to the needs of the Country’s economy. This, he said, can be achieved by harnessing knowledge and skills that promote economic development.
The Senator made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Monday, November 16, 2020.
While lauding JKUAT for successful assembling digital devices for the implementation of the Digital Learning Programme, and the sixth national Census, Senator Mwaura said universities needed to find their niche and be centres of excellence in their specialization.
“The problem of our universities is that they are no longer populated with faculty and learners in pursuit of intellectual rigor and discovery, instead, they are full of daytime careerists, evening moonlighters, and students whose goal is to get that piece of paper, in order to impress parents and employers,” said Senator Mwaura. This, according to him, is the essence of an academic pandemic.
He challenged the government and private sectors to give the youth an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and innovation for the prosperity of the country.
Senator Mwaura who is also the Chairman- Albinism Society of Kenya, further urged universities to make deliberate efforts to incorporate persons with disabilities who have completed secondary education in institutions of higher learning. This, he noted, would improve the enrolment of persons with disabilities, retention and completion of education cycle for the eventual engagement in decent and gainful employment.
On her part, Prof. Ngumi informed the Senator that her University’s vision is anchored on research, innovation and entrepreneurship pointing out that research and innovation were key in the attainment of economic development.
“As leaders in agriculture, technology and engineering, JKUAT has been at the forefront in fostering a culture of research and innovation among faculty and students,” said Prof. Ngumi.
She told the nominated Senator that the research outputs at JKUAT necessitated the strengthening of the University’s extension services in a bid to solve the problems facing the surrounding community and the country at large.