The decision by Tanzanian authorities to deny satellite campuses of two Kenyan universities the permission to admit new students succinctly raises the old quality question.
The Tanzania Commission for Universities has cited failure to comply with standards and regulations to bar Arusha-based campuses of Kenyatta and Jomo Kenyatta universities from accepting new students.
Other than the two Kenyan institutions, 17 other universities from the region have suffered the same fate.
And just to put politics at bay, such an administrative measure cannot be attributed to protectionism. It is a moral issue which can only be addressed through uncompromised regulation of the education sector.
In short, Kenya’s educational institutions should not be run like profit centres where managers’ only concern is to keep costs down as revenues grow. Only last year, Kenya shut down several campuses after official audit uncovered lack of basic facilities and personnel.
Failing a similar test in Tanzania implies yet another missed opportunity by the Kenyan institutions to export good practice to the regional partners. Kenya must buttress its leadership role in the regional integration with good examples.