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Kenya: Digital curricula for degree courses unveiled

By Metro Reporter
Curricula and academic programmes for the first digital University to offer degree and other academic programmes to Kenyans have been developed.

The Interim Technical Committee, led by Prof. Peter Kinyanjui, presented a report on the proposed National Open University of Kenya (NUUK) to the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang at Jogoo House.
The proposed University   will be dedicated to an open, distance and e-learning mode of delivery and will be supported by modern Information and Communication technologies.
Prof. Kinyanjui said the University will reach out to all Counties through a network local centres that will provide instructional, tutorial and administrative support to learners without compromising on the quality of education it will offer.
Principal Secretary Dr. Kipsang hailed said the University will not only expand access to University education, it will also radically reduce the cost of providing higher education.
He said the government would provide financial, infrastructural and human resources to the proposed institution once the Cabinet approves the establishment of the institution.
Principal Secretary for Science and Technology, Prof. Collette Suda said the traditional model of University cannot cope with the high number of students seeking higher education.
“The open University model will provide a platform to address this problem and have hundreds of students to access University education,” Prof. Suda observed.
The Deputy Commission Secretary for the Commission for University Education (CUE), Prof. Eusebius Mukhwana said the Commission had established standards that would ensure that digital universities establish the infrastructure that would enable them provide quality education.
He said the Open University model would address the massive wastage of learners seeking higher education.
The Interim technical Committee has recommended the establishment Four Schools: School of Mathematics, Sciences and Informatics, offering Bachelor of Science with a variety of specializations; School of Business offering Bachelor of Commerce with required specialization; school of education offering Bachelor of Education in Arts and in Sciences, and school of Humanities and the social Sciences offering Bachelors of Arts in a variety of subjects. 
Prof. Kinyanjui It will be open to immediate and past school leavers, employed and self-employed and any other person interested in furthering their education or life long learning.

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