Egerton University has reacted to reports on the media that showed a list of courses attributed to them which failed to attract even a singe student applicant in the just concluded Kenya Universities and Colleges central placement service’s placement process.
Through a notice titled; CLARIFICATION ON COURSES OFFERED AT EGERTON UNIVERSITY, the office of the Academic registrar at the institution has indicated that Egerton University does not offer Bachelor of Science in Automotive Engineering, Bachelor of Technology in Building Construction, Bachelor of Technology in Renewable Energy, Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science- Energy Technology and Bachelor of Science – Renewable Energy and Technology.
Yesterday, 3rd June 2020, reports attributed the said courses to the University. It was also reported that the above mentioned courses failed to attract even a single student applicant and were termed redundant by the Ministry of Education. Indeed, the CS in the Ministry, Prof Magoha has kick-started the process of scrapping the courses from the curriculum.
Speaking during the release of university placement results at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) the CS disclosed that the decision was informed by fewer candidates who sought to pursue the 10 courses with some courses attracting zero applications and subsequent placements.
As a result, Magoha ordered an audit into the 10 courses with the aim of dropping them altogether.
These courses include Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Theology, Bachelor of Science (Energy Technology), Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology, Bachelor of Technology in Building Construction, Bachelor of Technology in Renewable Energy and Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering.
The others are Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Resources Conservation and Development with IT offered at Kisii University, Bachelor of Science in Animal Production at University of Embu and Bachelor of Science (Oceanography) at Pwani University.
Some of the affected universities include Egerton, Masai Mara, Maseno, Masinde Muliro among others with some of the non-placement having a capacity of up to 100 students.
In his order, the CS asked the universities that offered the courses to find out reasons for the low application rates and seek remedial measures.