Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha wants all public universities to reduce the number of their non-academic human resource workforce to avoid wastage. He suggests a human resource workforce ratio of 70% academic staff to 30% non-academic staff.
“It is the professor who defines the university and the strengths of the universities and yet some of us have decided it is the professor to go first. And then we have so many supporting staff, supporting who? If you have already removed professors bringing research money, where do you expect to get the money from?” Prof Magoha asked yesterday.
Magoha was speaking in Gem, Siaya County, during the handover ceremony of Moi University’s Odera Akango College campus to Maseno University, where he issued a stern warning to vice-chancellors who higher workers without seeking guidance. The CS said they should know universities belong to the Kenyan government and not theirs.
“You have no powers as chairs of councils or even the VCs, so you must consult and this is in the interest of our children. We are asking universities to transform now. It cannot be your way... the university does not belong to you,” said Magoha as quoted by The Standard.
Should the reforms take place as CS Magoha suggests, then this would mean public universities with a high number of non-academic staff will have to send packing some of these workers. Consequently, thousands will be rendered jobless.
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