Tame cheating, plagiarism, universities told

CS Matiang’i (centre), Prof Suda (his right), Dr. Chweya (his left), and KSG Head of Communication Mr. Samwel Kumba (right) walk towards the venue where the symposium was held.

Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, has decried the declining quality and relevance of research, attributing it to continued cheating and plagiarism in higher institutions of learning.
The CS has called upon university management across the country to combat plagiarism by setting up standards of excellence.

“Universities must set up new standards of excellence for graduate programmes to safeguard the provision of quality of higher education,” he said, adding that the government recognizes the importance of research and as such supports various initiatives.
Dr. Matiang’i hinted that the government has developed a Bill that will harmonize all public institutions that manage research initiatives and programmes. At the same time, the CS disclosed that the government had set aside money aimed at facilitating research for the advancement of science, technology and innovation in the country.

Dr. Matiang’i made these remarks at a symposium on managing university research and publications that was held at the Kenya School of Government, in Lower Kabete.
Prof. Collette Akoth Suda, the Principal Secretary State Department for University Education in the Ministry urged universities to focus on quality of research and avoid duplication.

“Have a system in place to identify different kinds of research and focus on quality and not quantity,” she said.
The School’s Director General, Dr. Ludeki Chweya, informed the forum that the School is seeking accreditation from the Commission for University Education to become a specialized degree providing institution.
He told the attendants that KSG is focused on providing practical learning, in the process accentuating quality knowledge.

By Pauline Maina

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