Invited Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Machakos University fraternity and on my own behalf, I have the honor to warmly welcome you all to today’s public lecture on the Role of Kenya National Qualification Framework in Improving Efficiency in the Education Sector in Kenya. I wish to thank the Research and Linkages division for organizing this public occasion. It is my pleasure to welcome our guest speaker Dr. Juma Mukhwana and I thank him for prioritizing his valuable time to be with us today.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today’s lecture comes at a time when as a country we are still reflecting on how to improve and sustain quality education in our learning institutions. We are all aware that there is still a stale mate on the modalities on how to change the 844 system and how the new one will be evaluated. We are also aware there has been serious fiasco on the KCSE qualifications before Dr. Matiang’i cleaned up the system. There is also the question of foreign degrees, their equalization and their authenticity.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dr. Juma Mukhwana’s lecture therefore comes at an opportune moment both for the University and the public at large. The topic interrogating Kenya’s National Qualification Framework in Improving Efficiency in the Education Sector is properly chosen to enable us understand how the country’s education system can approach this thorny issue.

Machakos University is willing and keen to engage and participate in the motive debate of how Kenya’s National Qualification Framework is going to be modelled for we are one of the interested parties. One of our core mandates as a University is to teach but Authority body Dr Mukhwana is heading will directly affect us. As a University, we have other core mandates of research and community outreach and we have a stake and a duty to learn and engage in such open fora such as this public lecture today.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This event affords us a great a learning experience and an opportunity to be part of a conversation of national importance. As a University, we intend to escalate such public debates for we must give thought leadership and discuss issues of public policy implications to society and industry in order give solutions to problems affecting the world. The country and indeed the world expects institutions of higher learning like Universities to influence and direct government policies.

With these few remarks, let me again welcome you to this public lecture and thank you for coming to Machakos University.

Thank you and welcome.