Ruto To Unveil University That Will Offer Cheap And Affordable Courses
Ruto’s plan to open the one-of-a-kind institution of higher learning received a boost on October 18 when the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms called for reviews of the institution’s operationalization.
The special university intends to provide Kenyans with affordable online degree courses.
The university will also target Kenyans who have other commitments because it will offer courses on a part-time basis.
However, the amount of money that the institution will charge is unknown.
Notably, the virtual learning university was one of the promises Ruto made during the campaign leading up to the August 9 election.
Ruto stated during the signing of the Kenya Kwanza Education Charter in June that his government would prioritize the institution’s operationalization during his first 100 days in office.
“We undertake that the university which will improve access to university education will be set in our first 100 days.
“As Kenya Kwanza, we believe that we can offer a course that is virtual, accessible and that will give people an opportunity to people even who are not at a student going age at a most effective way,” he stated then.
However, the concept of the institution of higher learning dates back to President Mwai Kibaki’s administration in 2010, when Ruto was the minister of higher education.
Outgoing Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i made similar proposals while serving on the education docket during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tenure. However, the plans did not work out.
Other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Tanzania, have open universities that prioritize technological courses.
The process of establishing the institution coincided with proposals to raise university fees in order to fund their expenditure.
Outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha believes the government’s Ksh16,000 cap is out of date.
“The Ksh16,000 was created over 30 years ago, and please, let us be realistic. The value of Ksh16,000 at the time is about Ksh100,000 today (as per inflation rates),” he stated.