Qualifications Authority Asked to Upgrade KIMC higher Diplomas to Bachelor’s Degree Level
Trade and Industrialisation CAS David Osiany has proposed that the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication’s Higher National Diploma be elevated to a bachelor’s degree level.
The Kenya National Qualifications Authority recently acknowledged the Kenya Medical Training College’s higher diploma as the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
The KNQA upgraded the status of the KMTC higher diploma to level 7, allowing medical college graduates to be automatically recognized as degree holders.
“I am in agreement about the accreditation and acknowledgement of KMTC’s Higher National Diploma as a degree equivalent. The next one should be Kenya Institute of Mass Communication(KMTC),” Osiany said.
The outgoing CAS, who served in the cabinet of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, stated that the quality of graduates from KIMC and KMTC is “very high.”
The KIMC is a state-owned institution that offers certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma programs in journalism and mass communication, including Film and Video Production.
While KIMC offers a rigorous three-year training program for diploma students, higher diploma recipients must enroll in an undergraduate program to acquire a bachelor’s degree.
This means that a KIMC student who enrolls in a diploma program could take up to nine years to acquire a degree, as it takes two years to earn a higher diploma and an additional four years to complete a degree program.
If the KNQA upgrades the KIMC Higher National Diploma to degree status, it would be wonderful news for the tens of thousands of KIMC graduates who must pursue the most time-consuming and costly path to get degrees.
KIMC is a state-owned parastatal with a board selected by the ICT cabinet secretary, similar to KMTC.
Most of the country’s journalism pioneers hold degrees or Higher National Diplomas and are alumni of KIMC.
In 1961, the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) was founded as the Voice of Kenya Training School.
Its primary objective was to teach engineers and technicians in electronic engineering for the Kenya Broadcasting Service at the time (KBS).
However, KIMC renamed the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in 1962. (KBC). KBC was then nationalized in 1964 and rebranded as Voice of Kenya (VOK).
Nationalization prompted the departure of the broadcaster’s expatriate employees, generating an urgent need for qualified personnel to fill the vacant jobs.
The Voice of Kenya received a grant in 1965 to establish what became known as the Voice of Kenya Training School.
The school was also intended to help the Ministry of Information, which lacked competent journalists, program producers, announcers, and other personnel pertinent to mass communication.
Training classes began in a modest wooden building near Kenyatta National Hospital.
During the 1967–1968 fiscal year, the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication received funding to develop a mass media communication training institute in the South – B Area (Mariakani).