Universities currently offering 564 medical courses, MPs told

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 00:00 |
Commission for University Education (CUE) chief executive Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi. Photo/SAMUEL KARIUKI

Local universities are currently offering 564 medical related courses with the University of Nairobi taking the lion’s share of 102 programmes.

A parliamentary committee heard yesterday that there are 211 Bachelor courses, 49 Diplomas, 200 Masters, seven certificates, 87 doctoral and 10 postgraduate diplomas.

Commission for University Education (CUE) chief executive Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi while appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Health, said although public universities led with the highest  number of accredited courses, private entities were making tremendous steps especially in providing adequate resources to offer programmes.

Ntarangwi appeared before the team following revelations by a recent universities’ audit report which accused  the institutions of diluting quality of higher education by introducing many courses, which are narrow in scope and not market driven.

Asked to explain the processes which trigger accreditation of courses, Prof Ntarangwi said the commission only approves a professional programme when it confirms the relevant professional body recognised by law.

Seme MP James Nyikal sought to know whether the commission was addressing issues of quality of academic curricula.

In response, the CEO said the commission initiates an investigation and where evidence suggests an institution is violating set standards, legal measures are instituted.

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