Universities operating under interim authority to be closed, says Matiang’i


Nairobi, KENYA: Education cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi has said that universities operating under letters of interim authority beyond stipulated timelines will be closed.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony of Amref International University in Nairobi on Monday, Education cabinet secretary Dr. Matiangi said that such universities risk closure following growing tendencies of extending the timelines which is against the law.

Dr. Matiangi said that the government is gearing up in reviewing all institutions that are operating on such letters to ascertain the number of institutions that have adhered to the law and the ones that have violated it.

“Those institutions that have held the letters of interim authority beyond the statutory period are asked to close.We take back letters of interim authority because you cannot hold letters of interim authority for 8 years, for 10 years for no justifiable reasons.”Dr. Matiangi said

He warned that all universities that have been served with the interim authority letters must adhere to such timelines so as to avert standoff between the university council government and university authorities.

He reiterated that if such trend will be allowed to continue it will lead to poor performance in the institutions of higher learning.

He said that such action will seal loopholes leading to selling of fake degrees in the institutions of higher learning that has been rampant in the country.

560 students graduated from the institution which is dwelling on health courses.