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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

University courses that Kenyan students never touch



Students are developing gray hair just trying to decode what course to take at the university. Medicine, engineering, law and actuarial science are doing just fine, but some courses are almost becoming extinct at the universities. History and linguistics are some of the courses that have failed to attract discipleship at the University of Nairobi. Veterinary medicine taught at UoN’s Kabete Campus has also been avoided, with many saying it’s a tough course.Range management and agroecosystem also rarely attract students. At Kenyatta University (KU), Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine Management) presently has only 30 students. Most of these almost shifted to other courses, but the institution prevailed on them to stick to the programme. Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science) has 61 students. The course entails study and analysis of past information to be used as evidence in a court of law. Another course with few students is Bachelor of Science (Petroleum Engineering) with just 28 students. The course still does not have sufficient lecturers. Courses like BSc (Restaurant Management), BSc (Rooms Division Management), BSc (Catering and Institutions Management, BA (Culinary Arts) and BSc (Meetings and Events Management) do not have even a single student. Dr Stephen Nyagah, the Academic Registrar at Kenyatta University says students only apply for courses their parents advise them to take, and that many students do not know much about the different courses.” See also: There should be no more 'dangerous' sex on rooftops - KU Student leader Anthropology is enjoying a renaissance, and is currently one of the popular courses in local universities because it opens paths to several careers. Anthropology is the study of humans, their past and present, and the sweeping complexity of cultures across all of human history. At Moi University, Bachelor of Sports Management is not yet popular. Stephen Irungu, Managing Director of Optimum Performance Solutions, an HR consultancy firm, says, “There is a stereotype that science careers pay well compared to humanities. “The dominant mindset, especially among the youth. is getting rich. This is what has killed the interest in courses like history or philosophy, which do not guarantee six-figure salaries,” says Professor Yakobo Mutiti, a lecturer at the department of philosophy and linguistics at Egerton University.