Ten common undergraduate courses offered by the University of Nairobi have been suspended.
Communication skills, Basics of Development and Their Applications, Human Health, Law in Society, Environment Science, and Chemistry and its Applications are the courses that are impacted.
Other courses that will no longer be taught at the university starting with the 2022–20223 academic year include Science and Technology in Development, Elements of Philosophy, Elements of Economics, and HIV/AIDS.
urged universities to teach courses that relevant to labour market.
‘‘We want to support sustainability and we wish that the universities improve and be even profoundly globally competitive with the best of the universities,’’ said Nabukwesi.
He encouraged universities to ensure financial sustainability, by seeking internal solutions.
‘‘Universities are globally in collaboration with international partners; these universities can attract lucrative research grants, to sustain the delivery in teaching and research,’’ he added.
Nabukwesi hailed UoN for taking the lead in coming up with internally driven solutions to deal with the challenges.
‘‘I am glad that UoN has taken the lead in using internal solutions towards financial sustainability. The new paradigm shift in higher education is not an option if we are to produce skilled graduates,’’ said Nabukwesi.
Prof Kiama said the university was faced with real danger of distinction and chose as a university to look for solutions.
‘‘We less found a burning house, we have somehow put off the fire, unfortunately, there are still dangerous ambers. We cannot afford to sit and rest. The fire may be back even with big features, we must remain alert,’’ said Prof Kiama.
Kiama said the university capitation was reduced; doctor’s allowances were enhanced in 2020/2021 without adequate funds to pay allowances moving forward.
Nabukwesi acknowledged the issue saying the government released the cash crunch universities are going through.
‘‘The government is cognisant of the resource challenges that the higher education sector has continued to experience. We have been in Mombasa with all vice-chancellors from public universities to brainstorm on this issue,’’ he said.
He promised that the ministry is ready to engage the new government and all stakeholders to dialogue and come up with sustainable solutions for universities.