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GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT ONLINE LEARNING IN UNIVERSITIES – The official website of the President of the Republic of Kenya

President William Ruto has urged higher education institutions to embrace innovation and emerging technologies to improve access to affordable education.

The President said the government is prepared to support universities offering virtual and online learning.

He said this would not only enrich the country’s human resources but also foster an inclusive knowledge society.

“We must continue to strive to meet the increasing demand for higher education, focusing on uplifting those at the bottom of the social and economic pyramid through access to quality education,” he said.

He noted that the implementation of a 100,000 kilometer fiber optic network project across the country is progressing well and will support online learning, e-commerce and digital jobs.

The President made these remarks during the charter ceremony of Tangaza University and Africa Management University at State House in Nairobi.

President Ruto emphasized that higher education institutions play a crucial role in the country’s economic transformation.

“Today we are united under the Upward Economic Transformation Agenda, a bold initiative that leverages our human resources to stimulate rapid economic growth and improve the productivity of our workforce,” he said.

With the granting of charters to the two private universities, he said, Kenya now has 64 chartered universities, cementing the country’s status as a regional hub for higher education.

“This reaffirms our commitment to practical and applied learning that prepares leaders from all sectors,” he added.

President Ruto said Kenya’s investment in education has produced a globally competitive workforce that attracts investors, supports the country’s strong services sector and sustains an expanding diaspora.

“Education has enabled Kenya to secure global opportunities, as evidenced by record diaspora remittances of Sh671 billion last year, surpassing traditional exports,” he explained.

At the same time, the President directed the Higher Education Commission to ensure that higher education institutions meet the highest standards of integrity.

“The Higher Education Commission has an almost sacrosanct mandate to ensure that our education, a tool for honing our most important resource, our human capital, meets the best possible standards,” he said.

The president said the government is intensifying its efforts to curb fake university degrees and certificates.

“We are going to be firm in ensuring that only qualifications acquired from recognized institutions will be accepted,” he stated.

The President said the government has developed a new university funding model to address gaps in the government sponsorship programme.

This new model, he explained, ensures that students from vulnerable backgrounds receive the largest scholarship allocation, ensuring that no one is left behind.

“It is the only way to guarantee an inclusive society and equitable distribution of burdens,” he concluded.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said the government is committed to the development of tertiary and university education.

He explained that the Commission for University Education has taken Tangaza University and Africa Management University through a rigorous process to ensure that they comply with the set standards and regulations.

During the event, Professor Edward Etengu was appointed Chancellor of Tangaza University and Dr Reuben Musyoka Mutiso, Chancellor of the Management University of Africa.