On Wednesday, one of the KU lecturers, Dr Rubai Mandela, launched the book ‘Before Two Became One’ at a Ruiru Hotel. Several people spoke during the book launch but perhaps, none of the speakers touched on a very important issue as Paul Wainaina, the Vice Chancellor for Kenyatta University.
While lauding the lecturer for his great effort and sacrifice for writing the book, the long-time professor, who also served as a Head of Educational Department in a Namibian University, took the opportunity to send a great message to all KU lecturers.
He noted that the number of full professors in the institution had really dropped in the past few years. Prof Wainaina cited the example of the Department of Education, which he revealed that it had only 4 full and 2 associate professors.
He urged the lecturers to pursue further education so as to attain the status of a full professor. By doing more research, Wainaina said, the lecturers would improve the quality of Higher Education and hence solve the problems of this nation.
The Vice-Chancellor mused over the time when KU had 8 full professors and several associates in the institution. He said that it was now worrying since many have retired and he also had few years left but yet nobody has ever become a full professor in the last four years.
“Kenyatta University would support those in the field of research to attain those high education accolades to ensure we bring out qualified scholars, who will hold up the university in the future,” he said.
To be a lecturer in a Kenyan university, one needs to have attained at least a Masters’ Degree but for some courses it is a must for one to have a PhD. However, it needs a Post-Doctoral Course and many years of hard work and dedication to research to attain the full status of a Professor.
Many lecturers are employed on a part-time basis, therefore, they are usually busy throughout the year. Hence, it is only few lecturers who decide to venture into professorship.
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