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Universities  will  soon  be  required  to  submit  their  academic  journals  to  the  Commission  for University Education(CUE) before they are published in the respective journal sites.CUE  said  it  is  currently  working  on  a  standardised  policy  on  journal  accreditation,  which  all universities will use for their publications.Speaking during a CUE staff sensitisation workshop on scholarly publishing and dissemination of scientific  information,  Prof.  Jackson  Too,  the  Head  of  Research  Department  at  CUE,said  the commission has already met representatives from 42 universities to discuss how to standardise the policy on journal accreditation.Prof. Too addedthat the Commission has developed criteriathat will be used to evaluate journals received from universities to ensurethattheyare credible.

“Majority of the academic journals published in Kenya are not subjected to rigor that a refereed journal should go through. Journals must have arobustpeer review process that guarantees quality.Wewant to do this with a lot of caution. Our work as the regulator is to ensure that universities have  adhered  to  laid  down  procedures,  without  interfering  with  their  independence,” Prof  Too said.

He added that CUE has benchmarked with South Africa and is ready for the task.

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Prof. Grace Njoroge, Deputy Commission Secretary (Accreditation)addresses CUE staff during the sensitisation workshop. The training was organised by CUE’s Head of Library and Information Sciences, DrBeatrice Odera-Kwach and facilitated by Dr. Paul Gichohi from Kenya Methodist University

In her opening remarks, theDeputy Commission Secretary (Accreditation),Prof. Grace Njoroge,saidCUE has reviewed standards in research for universities asstipulated in the Universities Act to guide in the use of copyright laws and plagiarism.“We as CUE should set standards for research. Research is not complete until you tell the world what you have found out”, said Prof. Njoroge who spoke on behalf of the Commission Secretary/ CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi.

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Prof. Jackson Tooaddresses staff during a CUE sensitisationworkshop on scholarly publishing and dissemination of Scientificinformation held at the Commission offices inGigiri from 4th to 5th November 2019.

Prof. Njoroge also asked the staff to adhere to ethical rules when it comes to publishing, which includeobserving copyright  laws  and  how  to  utilise  e-contents  without  infringing  on  the authors/publishers’rights.

The two-daysensitisation trainingfor  CUE  staffwas organised  by CUE’s Head  of Library  and Information Services,Dr. Beatrice Odera-Kwach.

With regardto accrediting universityjournals, Dr. Odera-Kwach saidthat the Commission will determine, in consultation with the universities, which lists of accredited journals and indices are approved in terms of the policy being developed by CUE.

The  training  was  facilitated  by  Dr.  Paul  Gichohi,  a  University  Librarian  at  Kenya  Methodist University. He presented the following areasto the staff:Integrityissues in scholarly publishing; Riseof predatory publishing and its implications,Characteristics of predatory publishers; Criteria for  determining  predatory  publishers;  Overcoming  predatory  publishers;  Overcoming  predatory publishers; Principles of transparency and best practices in scholarly publishing;Code of conduct for journal publishers;Poor journal standards and practices;Plagiarism and plagiarism software;Upholding  ethics  and  honesty  in  research  and  publishing;Intellectual  property  rights;Access, selection, retrieval, use and dissemination of Information; andWriting for publication including publication structure and process.

He noted with concernthe rise inacademic dishonesty in higherlearning institutions.For instance, some academics falsify  research  data  in  their  publications to get  promotionsor  in  the  research findings to receive funding. The trend, he said,was worrying at the Masters and doctorallevels.

Dr. Gichohi called on CUE and other related agenciesto be at the forefront in stoppingpredatory journals whose main purpose is financial gain rather than the quality of research

“We need to have a structured guide on scientific publishing practices. We also need to establish our own local journals that are governed by an accrediting body. This could be CUE,” he said.

All Public Entities arenowrequired  to  publish  their  tenderawardson  the onlineGovernment portal at the end ofevery Quarter foreasy access bythe public.

Mr Thomas  Otieno, the  managerofCapacity  Buildingat  the  PublicProcurement  RegulatoryAuthority  (PPRA), said this  is  a directivethat government  agenciesshould followto enable eligible biddersto prepare accordingly.

“We urge  you  to  make  it  routine to  publishall planned tenders  on yourdigital  platforms,including websites.This will cushionyou from legal battles and prevent any eligiblebidder from being locked out of the tendering process because they have failed to submit a singledocument,”said Mr Otieno,  who  was  speaking  during  a  recent procurement  sensitization  workshop  for  the Commission’s top management at Lake Naivasha-Panorama ParkinNakuru County.

He added that there isalso need for government entities to embrace green procurement practicesas enshrined in new procurement law.

This  refers  to  the  purchase of  products andservices that  have no  negative effect on  the environment.With climate change and global warming taking a toll on the environment, there is need  for public organizationsto  adopt  green  procurement  practices  to  help  conserve  the environment, he said.

"You mustalsodemonstrate  as  Commission  for  University  Education  that  you  are  promoting local  contentby  purchasing locally  manufactured  goods  and  services.This  meansthat 40per cent of your tenders must be awarded to local manufacturers,”added Mr Otieno

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Commission  Secretary/CEO  Prof.  Mwenda Ntarangwi  (second  left)  and  members  of  CUE Top Management,  Heads  of departmentsduring a training held at the Lake Naivasha Panorama Park from22ndOctober 2019 to23rdOctober 2019.

The training focusedon the following areas:

1.The role of procurement in prudent management of public resources;
2.The public procurement legal provisions with an emphasis on the PPADA, 2015;
3.The Supply Chain Management Process and the role of each player (accounting officer, user department,   procurement   function,   evaluation   committees,   inspection   and   acceptance committees, contract implementation committees anddisposal committees among others);
4.The integration of procurement planning in the budgeting process;and
5.Work plansand the link with procurement planning.

The training was also facilitated by Mr Joseph Malonza fromthe National Treasury. Mr Malonza exposed  the CUE managementon  the  planning  cycle  in  public  institutions, implementation strategies, performance managementandthe
organizational budgeting process.

He  urged the  Commission  to  sensitize  its  bidderson  the  procurement  processand  make  the whole process transparent and satisfactory.

He also highlighted the overview of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and CUE’s rolein  achievement  of these  planned national  objectives.  TheCommission  Secretary/CEO  ProfMwenda  Ntarangwi, who   officially   opened   the event,thanked   the   two   facilitators for   thezeal   and   passion demonstrated in the training.

“We are looking forward to come out as better informed people. Wewill not hesitate to askfor your expertise in training our other colleagues,”ProfNtarangwi said.

The  two-day  training organized  by  theHead  of  Supply  Chain  Management  Phyllis  Karimi was held from 22ndand 23rdOctober 2019.

The Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) visited the Commission for University Education on Wednesday, 1st October 2019 to seek a partnership that will allow both regulatory agencies to work closely in streamlining Medical laboratory Science courses offered at varsities across the country. At a meeting chaired by the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi, the team from KMLTTB shared details of their work and how it intersects with that of the Commission.

Speaking during the meeting, Prof. Ntarangwi, expressed the need to have the two agencies work together to ensure that universities comply with the laid down standards and regulations that guide the training of medical laboratory technicians. The KMLTTB team was led by the Board’s Registrar Abdulalif Ali who shared a report on the current status of Medical Laboratory Science training programs offered at a number of universities in Kenya.

The report was based on inspections of some 13 universities in Kenya that offer training of Medical Laboratory Sciences at degree and diploma levels. The report was prepared after a study to ascertain whether the universities have complied with the set standards and regulations.

Commission Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi (centre) addresses a team from the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board during a consultative meeting to harmonize accreditation of Medical Laboratory Sciences offered at various universities in Kenya.

 

The Universities inspected were: University of Nairobi, Technical University of Mombasa, Moi University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenyatta University, Kisii University, Kenya Methodist University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Maseno University, Technical University of Kenya, Mount Kenya University, University of Eastern Africa Baraton and Alupe University College. The team shared its recommendations for each of the universities listed. Some of the recommendations given to specified universities were as follows:

•    Abolish training of Diploma course in Medical Laboratory Science due to inadequate resources;
•    To discontinue Medical Laboratory Science programme and transfer students to approved programmes;
•    To stop further admission of students into Medical Laboratory Science programme until compliance is attained. 

“This is actually a continuation of our meeting to collaborate and partner in work to be able to achieve what is required of the two regulators and to harmonize academic courses” Mr. Ali said.