5, 000 out of the 11, 000 secondary schools in the country don’t send even a single child to the university, President William Ruto has said.
Ruto said most of these schools are located in rural areas in the country.
“There is need to do something. Most children who end up in universities are from academies and families that can afford higher education,” Ruto said.
He spoke when he awarded a charter to the Open University of Kenya at Konza Technopolis City in Makueni County on Thursday.
The president said children from vulnerable families should get 100 percent of scholarships to ensure they access higher education.
“We can’t continue having children of a few Kenyans go to university for higher education. We must ensure that also children from vulnerable backgrounds access higher education,” Ruto said.
Ruto said in his honest opinion, Open University of Kenya was the ‘people’s’ university.
“This is my honest opinion, people can learn remotely; bodabodas, mama mbogas, touts as they train to be professionals in various fields and graduate. Give everybody a chance.
Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can join the university through digitization,” Ruto said.