Deputy President William Ruto has said the government will not tolerate the establishment of universities founded on ethnicity. Ruto was speaking during the 15th graduation ceremony at the Kenya Methodist University in Meru.
The DP said the management of universities to ensure their institutions reflect the country’s diversity.
“ Our institutions should be centers of excellence. We should discourage the culture of establishing universities on tribal grounds if we are to maintain quality education in this great nation,” Ruto said.
“We should not turn universities into ethnic or village meetings. We should run away from the culture of establishing universities on ethnicity,” he added.
He further asked the Commission for University education to ensure all universities lived up to the ideals of quality education and get rid of those founded on tribal backgrounds. To ensure all Kenyans access education, Ruto said the government has set aside Sh7.5 billion for bursaries and loans for students in universities and middle level colleges.
He however, urged those who benefited from loans to ensure they paid back to enable students from poor backgrounds access such funds. Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko was among those graduating from the institution on Saturday. Sonko who graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration enrolled at KEMU in 2013.
Sonko, through a Facebook post on Thursday said he is did not enroll in university because he wants to become Nairobi Governor. I’m not graduating because I want to please voters in Nairobi to vote for me. This is not the time to ask for elective seats or votes. This is the time to focus on service delivery to the people.
You did your part when you voted for us as your leaders. I went back to the campus because I wanted to have skills in leadership. I will also be pursuing a degree in political science in the near future,” he added.
Source; The Star