Education secretary Fred Matiang’i has warned private universities operating on expired letters of interim authority that they face deregistration.
Dr Matiang’i on Monday directed the Commission for University Education (CUE) to carry out an audit of the affected institutions.
He also announced a possible reduction in the number of universities operating in the country.
“It is an exercise I would like completed as soon as possible. Those institutions that have held letters of interim authority beyond statutory period should be closed. You cannot hold a letter of interim for eight years, 10 years and you have not justified reasons why you cannot establish universities,” said the CS during the 31st Amref health Africa graduation in Nairobi.
According to Universities Act 2012, a Letter of Interim Authority granted shall lapse four years from the date of issue, subject to an extension for a period of four years which may be granted by the Cabinet Secretary, on the recommendation of the Commission; or upon revocation, or upon the grant of a charter.
An institution whose Letter lapses is to be wound up in accordance with the Act.
Dr Matiang’i said some of these institutions are the ones selling papers and fake degrees across the streets.
“We will not accept that and I am asking university sector to be prepared for a massive and major shake-up.” He said there were “kiosks that we now call universities, the reforms will be painful but we must uphold our standards.”