The Commission for University Education (CUE) has ordered the review of 118 PhDs awarded by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) during the 33rd graduation held on 21st July 2019. The CUE confirmed that the high number of PhD awards from JKUAT since 2014 were not correctly earned.
The body has accused the university of violating the universities’ standards and guidelines, whereby part of the investigation stated that one lecturer supervised an average 13 PhD students in one year instead of the recommended maximum of three.
“The university senate should meet to review the 118 PhDs awarded during the 33rd graduation ceremony held on June 21, 2019, make decisions on the issues raised in this report and report back to CUE within three months,” said CUE.
“The university should align their processes on PhD training to the University Statutes. The university should adhere to the standards and guidelines on duration of PhD and the research component,”CUE recommended.