University of Nairobi scraps off 10 courses; Details.
The oldest tertiary institution in Kenya, University of Nairobi scraps off 10 courses from its campuses.
Reporting to the nation media, UoN’s corporate affairs director John Orindi told the Nation that there are more important courses, that undergraduates can pursue in the institution.
Some of the courses include; Climate and technology, HIV/ AIDS, Elements of Philosophy, Fundamentals of Development and their Applications,Law in Society, Communication skills
Orindi said,”We have issues of climate and technology, which the graduate needs to be updated with. So, we are moving with the times to be relevant in whatever we teach, not things that are old and not relevant to the graduates. We want things that add value to the graduates.”
Mr Orindi however, explained that students who still want to pursue the courses, can get skills from the university’s skills centre.
Orindi said,”We have what we call a skill centre here, where we equip our graduates. They just go there and get taught on how to acquire these skills, and we bring the industry. So, they always have those sessions all the time. They get certificates from the industry.”
Although, since the university announced the scrap off, some opinions have emerged on whether or not the decision was the best.
Some concerned individuals are writers such as Mwaniki who took the HIV/ AIDS course as an undergraduate.
Mwaniki said,”I remember, after one of those HIV/Aids classes, one of our classmates telling us that she had never heard about some of the topics we had discussed.”
“We had a female medic from Kenyatta National Hospital who was very thorough in everything she taught. Some of us got to see female condoms for the first time during her classes. She even had dummies for both the male and female reproductive organs. The unit was very important. But others like Prof Martin Thuo, a Kenyan-born lecturer now based in the US, believe some of the units are a waste of time.”Mwaniki added.
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