Post Date: 30 January 2017 | Category: Education | Hits: 1771
Following the government directive on double intake of students in public universities in 2011, university enrolment has increased substantially for the past three years. While university expansion has led to increased access, the quality of education provided by the existing and newly established institutions of higher learning has continued to raise serious concern. The pressure to admit more students in the “double intake program” and the glamour for university education in Kenya exceeds the capacity of public universities to accommodate all the qualified KCSE candidates since the number of lecturers being newly hired does not match the number of students being enrolled to public institutions of higher learning .Although the number of qualified lecturers has been growing, it lags far behind the student enrolment rate, forcing many universities to hire under-qualified staff for academic positions ;a situation which could compromise the quality of higher education.
This week’s NOW focuses on the lecturer/students ratio of each of the selected universities in Kenya, to paint a picture of the rate of enrollment versus the number of full time lecturers in some of the Kenyan universities. The focus is on University of Nairobi, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and Baraton University of East Africa since they were the Universities with the latest information available on the number of full time lecturers.
Chart 1: Lecturer/students ratio of each of the selected universities in Kenya, 2011.
Source: International Journal of Business and Social Science (November 2011) Vol. 2 No. 20
The lecturer student ratio refers to the average number of students being taught by a lecturer in a university. In 2011,the University of Nairobi had the highest number of full time lecturers per student ratio at 30.86 followed by Masinde Muliro at 29.43 and Baraton University at 13.16.
The number is 55%
The number of lecturers expected at Baraton University was 166 yet the university had 97(58%) lecturers indicating a short fall of 69 lecturers. In Masinde Muliro University, the number of lecturers expected was 440 yet the University had 112(48%) lecturers hence a shortfall of 228 lecturers.
The number of lecturers expected in the University of Nairobi was 2665 yet the university had 1187 lecturers.
The NOW is 55% which was the shortage of lecturers in the University of Nairobi as a share of the expected number of lecturers in the institution.
The University of Nairobi had a shortfall of 1478 lecturers out of the expected 2665 lecturers.
The University of Nairobi has the most number of Professors compared to other Universities hence the huge shortfall of full time lecturers could mean that lecturers are taking on more responsibility and work which may compromise quality of education in the Kenyan Universities.