Massive job losses in the university of Nairobi have descended upon the teaching fraternity directly concerned with offering courses that have so far been scrapped off the brochures of the esteemed institution.
The University of Nairobi administration has pronounced itself on atleast 10 courses that will no longer be offered in that prestigious institution
This is not the first time universities have moved to scrap off unaccredited and seemingly deemed irrelevant courses from their brochures.
Many times learners who have already enrolled and undertaken these courses have moved to court to protest the move arguing that it was outrightly wrong for institutions to pit them through a programme that finally gets pronounced as null.
Ten (10) general undergraduate courses have been removed from the list of courses offered at the University of Nairobi (UoN) include the following:
The university no longer offers courses in HIV/AIDS, communication skills, fundamentals of development and its applications, human health, law in society, environmental science, chemistry and its applications, science and technology in development. 2022–2023 academic year
In a memo to the department head dated September 19, 2022, Vice Chancellor of the University (DVC) Academic Affairs Prof. Julius Okengo, who is also a professor of human anatomy, stated that the decision should be rescinded because it was made following a special senate meeting on September 8, 2022.
Professor Okeng’o wrote in a memo that was sent to the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Academic Registrar, and the Dean of Faculty, “With a copy of this memo, the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is requested to log them together.”
The university made additional course-cutting plans earlier this year, foreshadowing the start of faculty layoffs as a result of financially stressed institutions after more than 250 courses in 2021.
Prof. Stephen Kiama, the deputy prime minister, announced that the university would reduce more than 324 present courses that are more heavily weighted toward engineering, medical, and IT and limit hiring to important areas.