In what turn out to be a new education trend, hundreds of courses will soon be faced out after they were snubbed by 2018 KCSE candidates.
Official figures published by the Kenya Universities and Colleges indicated that up to 98 courses from 40 universities did not get any student placements.
As such, the universities and colleges will have to depend on individual student applications or risk empty classes.
Should the trend continue, hundreds of lecturers teaching the said courses will be rendered jobless.
Kisii University was the worst hit with students snubbing four programs offered at the institution. The courses are Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Resource Conservation and development with IT) and Bachelor of Science (Natural Products).
Following Kisii University is Laikipia University, Maasai Mara and the University of Eldoret each with at least three programs that 2018 candidates snubbed.
Surprisingly, Bachelor of Theology was snubbed at Catholic University while Meru University‘s Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science and Resource Management) was also snubbed.
“I ask the CUE and individual universities to keep reviewing their curricula to make their programmes more responsive to the changing needs of the country,” Education CS Magoha said after it emerged that Kenya’s backbone program – Agriculture -was the worst hit by the trend.
This will serve as a big blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta considering that food security falls top in his big four agenda.
“We have allowed our intellectual capabilities to go to sleep because of other people and we cannot blame those people because they do not know what a university is; we are the ones who know. Why are universities introducing some very funny and irrelevant courses which only attract two to five students? We cannot continue like this and I want to put it clear that when you come to me asking for funding, I will first ask you to show me what you have done,” Magoha said.