NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
University dons from across the world will be able to
lecture students in Kenya following plans by the government to
establish a National Open University of Kenya (NOUK).
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said Tuesday in Nairobi
that talks to finalize the setting up of the institution are in the
The institution, as stated by Matiang’i, will give academicians from
all over the world an opportunity to offer part-time services and
online interaction with Kenyan students.
Matiang’i also noted that the Open University will also bring to an
end school-based programs mostly undertaken by the primary and
secondary school teachers during holidays.
The school-based programs were among the contentious issues
highlighted during the recent nationwide comprehensive forensic
The Commission for University Education, Kenya had recommended that
the program be scrapped and become part of the part-time programs
offered by the universities to adhere to the stipulated guidelines
of the Commission.
According to Matiang’i, the school-based program did not give
learners adequate contact hours or to undertake research and hence
the need to have the institution in the country.
“The open university is one of our key strategies to curb challenges
in the school based mode of university teaching and learning. The
Open University would provide scholars from all over the world,
especially Kenyans in the Diaspora, with an opportunity to lecture
and interact with the local-based students thus promoting fruitful
academic exchanges and research dissemination.”
He said that NOUK would enhance access to university education
through an open and distance learning mode. Countries that have
establish National Open Universities in the continent include
Tanzania and South Africa.
The Tanzanian institution was established in 1994 and it has
gradually grown to become the first Open University in the east
African region to fully offer educational programs on open and
distance learning mode.
“You may need to note that the Open University of Tanzania has more
students than those in all the other universities in Tanzania,” said
Rashid Kajembe, a student leader at one of the universities in