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Machogu Ask Universities to Align Programs With CBC

Machogu Ask Universities to Align Programs With CBC.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has told universities that as they prepare for their first group of CBC students in 2029, they should change their structures, processes, and programs to fit their needs.

In a speech, Higher Education Secretary for Administration Fredrick Ndambuki said that students would be enrolled in specialized fields at universities after taking different paths in high school.

“As we wait patiently for the report of the Taskforce formed by President William Ruto to evaluate CBC, I call upon the universities to put in place strategies to review the existing curriculum. We have to go back to the drawing board and revise what we are doing now,” Machogu said.

Friday, at Lukenya University’s main campus in Kibwezi, Makueni County, Ndambuki read the CS’s speech at the school’s fourth graduation ceremony.

During the ceremony, certificates, diplomas, and Bachelor of Arts degrees were given to 358 graduates.

“This calls for improved infrastructure development revised courses and staffing,” Machogu said.

The CS praised Lukenya University’s management for a tremendous residential university outside of town with a quiet place to study, train, and learn.

“I’m amazed by the infrastructure development of this university; state of the art library, multi-purpose hall and accommodation facilities for staff and students,” Mochogu said.

He said that the university has market-driven programs, from the certificate level to the postgraduate level, that are important to the country’s goals.

Since agriculture is the university’s most well-known program, Machogu said the school should find ways to fix the food shortage the country is facing.

“I want to challenge you the Vice Chancellor and the entire university’s fraternity that you must come out strong on this key issue of food security. The best way to go is to be innovative. Do lots of research and come up with best solutions in terms of kind of crops that can be able to do better than what we currently have,” he said.

“Today, food matters are key and a priority to our new government, and therefore if we can take a niche in this particular aspect, then we can be competitive nationally and also within the region.” 

Machogu said that the university could help with this because the theme for this year’s graduation, “re-engineering knowledge and skills for sustainable development,” was well thought out.

He said that the theme came at a good time because countries worldwide had trouble with young people not having jobs.

He said, “I think the theme means that the university has given the graduates the skills, knowledge, and attitude they need to face and deal with life’s challenges and become problem solvers, which is the ultimate goal.”

The CS said that the university had taught the graduates the technical and business skills needed in the job market.

He said that the graduates had to use the set of skills to make their own lives better as responsible citizens and make the lives of others better.

Machogu said that as a ministry, they were committed to ensuring that Kenya’s education stayed competitive and aligned with national development goals and international commitments.

He said the Education ministry worked closely with various government agencies to ensure that universities are institutions of knowledge generation, research, and service to the community.

“We as a ministry it is our policy to make education equitable, to have got a quality education and we are saying our education in Kenya must be globally competitive,” he said.

“And therefore we want to involve all to ensure that any graduate from any university both public and private remains relevant, competitive within the country, region and global markets,” Mochogu said.

Machogu said that they were working with countries worldwide to get the money they needed to improve universities.

Lukenya Board of Trustees chairperson Sylvia Kasanga said the institution had partnered with the Kenya Commercial Bank and KEFRI to plant one million trees.

Kasanga said they would spread agroforestry on 10.6 acres of land and keep it going.

The one million tree planting project was launched on Friday. On the campus of the university, 2200 trees were planted.

She said that the school’s School of Education was already aligned with the CBC.

Kasanga said they were working towards the country’s sustainable development goals.

Machogu Ask Universities to Align Programs With CBC

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