None of our PhDs have been suspended – JKUAT says


None of our PhDs have been suspended - JKUAT says
File photo of JKUAT Main Campus entrance.

In Summary

  • CUE, in a report released Tuesday, stated that glaring irregularities had been noted in the award of 118 PhDs by the institution during their June 21, 2019 graduation.
  • The audit observed that many of the supervisors were carrying a supervision load that is beyond the recommended threshold of 3 PhDs and 5 Masters in any given academic year.

The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) administration has finally broken its silence after the Commission for University Education (CUE) faulted the high number of doctorate degrees awarded by the institution in the last graduation ceremony.

CUE, in a report released Tuesday, stated that glaring irregularities had been noted in the award of 118 PhDs by the institution during their June 21, 2019 graduation.

The audit observed that many of the supervisors were carrying a supervision load that is beyond the recommended threshold of 3 PhDs and 5 Masters in any given academic year.

However, in a statement released Wednesday, the school dismissed media reports that the 118 doctorate degrees were suspended by the commission.

“All degrees of the University are meritoriously earned and no student is allowed to graduate without going through the due process regarding coursework, seminars, original research external examination and publications,” read the statement from the institution Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Ngumi.

“JKUAT is proud of its graduates and we wish to reassure Kenyans and all our stakeholders that the university remains committed to the ideals and values underpinning quality, relevance, and professionalism in all our academic research activities.”

The VC further stated that the Dean’s committee is studying the report from CUE and will present its findings to the university Senate for consideration and implementation.

“A Senate report will then be forwarded to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education and CEO CUE within three months as per the recommendations of the report,” added the statement.

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