The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: Give Quality Education, Kibaki Tells Universities

President Kibaki yesterday urged the newly-established universities to provide quality education.

Kibaki told the universities to build a strong foundation for education to enable the youth acquire skills that will make them more self reliant and participate actively in the national development.

He was speaking after awarding a charter to Laikipia University in Nyahurururu yesterday. The President the new Universities Act 2012 has opened "a new chapter in the history of higher learning".

"The act has provided for a much improved accreditation and quality assurance framework for university education in our country. It has also introduced an equal playing field by removing the dichotomy that has previously existed between public and private universities," he said.

Following the passage of the new law, Kibaki said the government has embarked on establishing 15 public universities. The President urged Kenyans to ensure that their children get the qualifications to join universities.

"I want all of us to take up the challenge and use the advantage of the universities to improve the education sector in this country. We must rise up to the occasion and enroll our children in schools," he said.

He said Laikipia University's plan to specialise in sports and arid development will go a long way in assisting the communities in the area.

"These areas of study and research are well supportive of strategic social economic activities in this region and the rest of the country as a whole. I encourage you to come up with innovative and practical solutions to challenges we are facing," he noted.

He asked the coming Governments to continue with the work of improving the institutions. On the oncoming general elections, Kibaki was confident that Independent electoral and boundaries commission would conduct them fairly.

He maintained that the Government had made all the necessary preparations for a peaceful election. At the ceremony, the President was accompanied by Higher education minister Margaret Kamar and Industrialization assistant minister Ndiritu Muriithi.

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