The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kibaki to Give Charter to Narok University

NAROK University college will soon become a fully-fledged institution, Higher Education minister Prof Margaret Kamar has said. Kamar said the university is among the 13 constituent colleges that President Kibaki will award charters in December.

Speaking in Narok University in Narok town at the weekend, during the graduation ceremony, Kamar said that once the institution is fully becomes a university, it will increase its admission.

"My ministry appreciates the efforts of the university's council and management to steer the university college from a young institution to a prominent one," said the minister. "We intend to reward this hard work by awarding the college a charter before the end of the year."

The minister was accompanied by Moi University chancellor Prof Bethwell Ogot, vice-chancellor Prof Richard Mibey, the chairman of the council, Prof K ole Karei and the principal Prof David Serem.

Kamar said the government will build a university and technical institution in every county to improve education standards in every region.

"To attain Vision 2030, the government will expand universities and middle-level colleges and provide necessary technical support," she said.

The minister said the new universities will increase student enrolment by more than 40 per cent. "The government will spend more than Sh6 billion to expand colleges to handle the increasing demand for higher education," Kamar added.

Kamar said there is need for universities and tertiary colleges to review their curricula to match the changing needs of the institutions and adopt new knowledge.

She called on the institutions to acquaint themselves with the latest modern techniques of running universities and tertiary colleges. Prof Karei said Narok University college is the only university in Maasailand. He said it had given the students a chance to compete with the rest of the world.

"Once the institution becomes a fully-fledged university, it will serve the Maasai community as well as other communities," said Karei. "The university will be challenged to come up with solutions to complex issues that affect society."

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