The storm has gripped Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) after the Commission for University Education (CUE) suspended all PhDs Issued from 2014.
A total of 296 PhDs have been suspended by CUE after it emerged that they were issued without following proper guidelines.
All the graduates who graduated with PhDs between 2014 and 2019 have their papers now declared null and void.
Considering the amount of cash that one spends to get a PhD degree in Kenya, graduates whose degrees have been canceled are waiting for the next course of action from JKUAT. Some want their cash refunded or sponsored to redo the course from universities.
The most affected class is that of Human Resource after 241 PhDs were canceled, 26 PhDs from Health Sciences, 15 PhDs from Pure and Applied Sciences, and 14 PhDs from Agric. And Natural Resources.
JKUAT caught the eye of Kenyans when it awarded 118 PhDs to students of the Academic Year 2019. Kenyans questioned the authenticity of the degrees.
CUEA found out that supervisors were overworked to supervise more students at once than what is recommended.
A Surgery Through The Education Sector
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Professor George Magoha had promised to perform a “surgery” through the higher education sector.
According to the CS, universities in Kenya have been issuing PhDs without following due process.
He said there are hundreds of PhDs students who cannot explain their own courses because the majority of often pay others to do PhDs for them.
The Cabinet Secretary has proposed the merging of universities to reduce cases of “useless courses.” Some universities have objected the move to merge universities saying it will lead to congestion and loss of jobs.
Pay As You Earn As A Degree
Cases of students paying other individuals to do degrees for them are on the rise.
Higher cases of unemployment among the youth has been blamed because most graduates have turned to “learning on behalf” of those individuals with cash.
At one point, a parliament in the United Kingdom proposed the ban of students from Kenya who were doing assignments and degrees from students in the United Kingdom via online platforms.