According to the World Bank, Kenyan universities have failed to produce employable graduates and there is a shrinking supply of skilled labor.
And the problem, the bank says, is that the institutions are focused on revenue generation and weak quality assurance mechanisms.
“The country’s higher education system is failing to meet market needs, as it does not prepare labor market entrants with appropriate skills,” says the bank.
Latest statistics show that Kenya has 443,783 students enrolled in universities around the country. Most of them are in public institutions with only 71,000 being enrolled in private universities. Women are now nearly outstripping men having increased by 24.9% last year to bring their numbers to 184,164 from 147,412.
At the same time male student enrollment grew by 21.3% to bring the total to 259,618.