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Monday, August 21, 2017

You have 30 days to respond to audit queries, CUE tells varsities

Commission for University Education CUE  offices in Gigiri. /MONICAH MWANGI
Commission for University Education CUE offices in Gigiri. /MONICAH MWANGI

Universities have 30 days to respond to issues raised in an audit report by the Commission for University Education.

The colleges have been asked to respond to the queries and point out any corrections to factual errors about the quality of education they offer.

CUE chairperson Chacha Nyaigoti said individual institutions should also outline a roadmap on corrective measures on the issues raised in the audit.

"A joint working group has been constituted on quality assurance to monitor the progress of implementation of the audit recommendations," Prof Chacha said in a statement on Friday.

The team comprises representatives of the Chancellors, Chairs of Council and Vice Chancellors from all universities.

He said the commission will work with stakeholders within the next six months to review the existing regulations, standards and guidelines.

These will be aligned to the amended Universities Act, 2012.

Each university has been issued with a copy of its audit report for review.

The report, released on Thursday, pointed to various malpractices in some universities including failure to adhere to admission criteria.

The varsities were also found to be abusing executive degree programmes, lack anti-plagiarism policies and quality assurance policies.

The audit also uncovered incidents where universities were not adhering to the set ratios of full-time to part-time staff as provided for in the standards and guidelines.

The number of non-academic staff was found to be high in relation to the number of academic staff in some institutions.

CUE also directed that the process and management of certification be strictly monitored with effective controls to ensure only authorised persons have access to certificates.

This is after the report revealed that the authenticity, validity of the process and security of academic documents as well as certificates in some universities was weak.

The report also noted that issuance of honorary degrees was also being abused and that the quality of school-based programmes offered by some universities was inadequate.

It said the programmes did not accord adequate contact time between the learners and their lecturers as per the prescribed minimum requirements.

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