Due to their low demand in the labor market, the government has long considered eliminating some university and college programs.
The late Prof. George Magoha, who served as the cabinet secretary for education at the time, suggested in April 2019 that 98 courses might be dropped because of poor student registration.
It’s interesting to note that in October 2018, President William Ruto, who was serving as Deputy President at the time, advised students to avoid choosing unproductive majors like sociology and anthropology.
In the present, there are legitimate worries about the employability of several curricula.
In the 2023 university placement cycle, more than 100 courses each drew fewer than 10 students, according to data released by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
Nevertheless, there are also encouraging improvements amidst these difficulties. According to the report, out of the more than 140,000 students the commission put in different colleges, about 30,000 chose to pursue a Bachelor of Education.
It is remarkable that these individuals have chosen the B.A. in Education as their favorite course while having the credentials to pursue more specialized disciplines like Pharmacy, Medicine, or Architecture.
Professor Raphael Nyonje, a member of the University of Nairobi’s Department of Education, revealed to www.franciskaranja.co.ke that they expect an even higher enrollment in this field due to the changing employment trends seen in the nation.
Whether on a full-time basis, as many young teachers do, or as part-time teachers employed by the board, there are ample work options for teachers in public or private schools. Many areas do not offer opportunities of this nature, the professor observed.