President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed a freeze in the establishment of new universities in the country.
The move according to the Head of State is aimed at focusing on and strengthening the existing institutions as well as providing more technical and vocational training.
The President issued the directive after awarding charters to eight new universities and witnessed the installation of Chancellors of the new institutions of Higher learning.
During a ceremony held at State House Nairobi, in which a total of eight new universities received charters, the president cautioned those in charge of the new universities to uphold national values and guard the institutions against tribalism, in reference to the recent controversy surrounding the appointment of Prof . Laban Ayiro as Vice Chancellor of Moi University and the subsequent protests led by local leaders demanding for ‘one of their own’.
The President called on the new universities to create links with the private sector in order for them to succeed in making students globally competitive.
The President also witnessed the installation of Chancellors of the new universities. The new chancellors include;Fred Ojiambo -Kirinyaga University, Joseph Nyaga -Cooperative University, Prof Mohamed Y Elmi -Rongo University, Hon Dr Sally Kosgei -Taita-Taveta University, Mr James Mworia -Machakos University, Prof Musili Wambua -Embu University,Dr Philista Onyango and Rev Dr Peter Njiiri (KAG East University).
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK