While the strategy by Kenya’s academic institutions to devolve education was of utmost importance, the move should be pegged on quality and not quantity, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Prof. Geoffrey ole Maloiy has said.
He said the increase in number of institutions of higher learning was a welcome move as it availed education to the masses, but that should not compromise on the quality of education such institutions offered, otherwise, this would breed a society that would take the country nowhere.
Prof. Maloiy, who was on his third familiarization visit to JKUAT campuses in Nakuru, Kisii and Keiyian in Transmara on May 11-12, 2015, commended JKUAT for her programmes which, he noted, had remained competitive twenty years after the university got its autonomy. This, he further pointed out, was as a result of a constantly reviewed curriculum and the observation of professional ethics.
He commended JKUAT staff for their dedication to duty, which he said had made their graduates the most sought after by employers.
“This has been possible because of your continued discipline and focus thereby distinguishing this university from the rest.”
The Chancellor who was accompanied by among others, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Prof. Romanus Odhiambo urged students to dedicate their energies to study instead of engaging in acts of retrogression.
He hailed various counties’ leadership where the University had established campuses for the good collaborations, and urged the counties to utilize the expertise both lecturers and students had to enhance their development agendas.
“Our students and lecturers have what it takes. You should utilize them in your counties, either through internships or consultancies, and you will never go wrong,” he told the Nakuru County Executives who included the deputy governor Mr. Joseph Rutto.
At Keiyian Campus, Prof. Maloiy challenged the local community to embrace education and abandon retrogressive beliefs that could hinder their socio-economic progress.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Imbuga extended an invitation to county executives to become adjunct lecturers in JKUAT.
“I realize most of you are professionals who have something to share with us in your respective fields. We would wish to have you on board so that you may share with us your experiences for the good of society,” she told Nakuru and Kisii County executives.
Prof. Imbuga further urged staff and students to work as a team, respect university facilities and be good ambassadors.
She thanked the host community in Transmara for donating 100 acres on which the JKUAT Keiyian campus is built. She advised Masai women and youth to take up education at the campus