Why Master's, PhD students take long to graduate in Kenya

Kenyatta University PhD students during the 38th graduation ceremony. A higher education conference in Rwanda has been told that shortage of PhD holders in Kenya is the main reason behind low graduation rates among PhD students. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The data indicates 45,571 students have enrolled in master’s programmes while 5,604 are registered PhD students.

  • Kenya has less than 10,000 PhD holders with only 369 students graduating last year yet the country needs at least 1,000 annually.

  • CUE report shows that only 20 percent of PhD students complete their studies.

Inadequate lecturers with PhD in public universities in Kenya has been cited as the major reason that delays post-graduate students from graduating.

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