Education CS Prof. George Magoha has affirmed his plans to downsize the number of universities in Kenya, saying a task force will be forced to enforce the move. Speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development during the launch of the Sessional Paper one 2019, CS Magoha said President Uhuru Kenyatta had already stopped the setting up of new universities in 2016, long before he was appointed the Education CS.
He said the universities’ crowding state is depressing, “South Africa which is a juggernaut in terms of large faculties and money and numbers has only 26 universities,” he noted, “There shall be university reforms, whether I like, whether you like it or not.”
He said he is set to create a team to lead the reforms, adding that this is season of change. The issue of reforming the universities sector has long been touted, with proposals of merging universities still on the table. Several stakeholders in the education sector and leaders have hoover faulted the idea of merging universities, with concerns over whether some universities will be able to mingle as one without destabilizing the state of affairs in them.