13 Mar Educationist criticises ‘craze’ for university degrees
A top educationist in the country has criticised the conversion of technical institutions into universities. Professor George Magoha, the chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council, recently said Kenya could end up with an insufficient number of technicians necessary to support key sectors of the economy, writes Justus Ochieng’ for Daily Nation.
Speaking at the eighth graduation of the Kisumu National Polytechnic on Friday 2 March, where he was the chief guest, he said: “It was wrong to convert major technical institutions into universities as they equally play a major role in our society. Not everybody should be a (degree) graduate. It’s absolute nonsense and stupid.” He said the “craze for degrees” is destroying the country.
Some technical colleges have been turned into universities. Examples include the then Kenya Polytechnic which was turned into the Technical University of Kenya; and the Mombasa Polytechnic which was turned into the Technical University of Mombasa. These conversions were influenced by the desire to provide university education to far-flung places. But the official criticised the way the colleges eventually killed off technical courses offered at certificate level. Continue reading