University Tribalism is Bigoted and Primitive [editorial]

All attempts to ethnicise and balkanise universities on a tribal basis in the counties should be nipped in the bud and exposed for the ignorant moves that they are.

University should be the time of life least conducive to closed minds and tribal blinkers.

For decades in Kenya, students have left high school thinking of themselves as Kenyans, not tribesmen and tribeswomen, because that is how primary and secondary school education socialises them.

The high school period is perhaps the most impressionable rite of passage.

So, why should undergraduates, having left high school determined to be Kenyans, be required to go straight into ethnic cocoons?

The assumption that someone from another community or region ought not to benefit from expanded higher education brought about by devolution — except in his or her region of origin — is bigoted backwardness.

Reverting to negative ancient or ancestral inhibitions and exclusion at just the point where the world of learning opens up is a step back in time.

Universities in the counties should stop this primitive process by disbanding all on-campus student associations that style themselves Kikuyu, Luo, Kalenjin, Kamba, Luhya, Meru, etc. The Meru Students’ Association does not refer to the region but to tribe and mother tongue – and in all likelihood, its proceedings are held in Kimeru.

There is no room for this sort of insularity in higher education.

Quote of the Day:

“One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways.” — US scientist Dr Karl A Menninger was born on July 23, 1893