How our university education system went terribly wrong

Technical University of Mombasa staff go on strike on March 6, 2018 over bargaining agreements. With low pay, university academic staff resort to moonlighting to make ends meet. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Most experts noted that the main problem facing Kenyan universities is the mushrooming of substandard campuses.
  • The Kenyan government requires all universities, including private ones, to admit only students who score C+ and above in high school. 
  • Unlike in the 1970s, when student leaders practised selfless ideals, their counterparts today are protégés of the corrupt national leadership.

The student unrest at Meru University of Science at Technology (MUST) that left a student leader dead last week exposes the soft underbelly of higher education institutions, once considered citadels of knowledge and a sure ticket to a better future.

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