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Ruto makes list of PhD graduands




Deputy President William Ruto. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Deputy President William Ruto is finally set to graduate next month from the University of Nairobi with a doctorate degree after six years of study.

The name of Mr Ruto and six others were approved by the University senate on Thursday and which was chaired by Vice-chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi and attended by acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic affairs Prof Julius Ogeng’o among others.

This means that from December 21, the DP who has been studying since August 2012 and who calls himself a ‘hustler’ will now be referred to as Dr William Ruto.

He will graduate with a PhD in plant ecology and the title of his thesis is ‘Influence of human activities on land use changes on environmental quality of riparian ecosystems: A case study of Saiwa Swamp watershed, Western Kenya’.

Mr Ruto project was approved in August 2012 and he submitted the thesis in September this year did his oral examination on October 24 and his report was approved on October 25.

Mr Ruto has already published his work in two renowned journals as required by the Commission for University Education (CUE) which regulates university education.

He has published his work in International Journal of Research in Environmental Science and Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution.

The 60th graduation will cover students from the Schools of health sciences and that of Humanities.

Last month, Mr Ruto was late at the launch of the TVET Curriculum Framework launch in Gigiri and he explained to the students that he was meeting his supervisors to finalize his PhD coursework.

The DP told the Kenya Technical Training College students that as a student he could not turn down his lecturer at the University of Nairobi where he was required to defend his thesis.

He is in the Department School of Biological Science.

In 2016, Mr Ruto failed to graduate after failing to meet all the requirements for the coursework.

He already prides in his Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Zoology and Masters in Plant Ecology and he has been on record several time encouraging students to further their studies.

Mr Ruto who is eyeing presidency in 2022, in case he does not make it, can move to the lecturer hall, since he meets requirements of CUE on teaching staff.

Among those who will be graduating with the DP with PhD are; Victoria Ameoliza Gioto, Victor Muya Ndambuki, Cheronoh Fancy, Museleku Erastus Kiita, Jacob Kwamina Dodoo and Samso Samuel Ogallah.

In 2016, he disclosed that he was not graduating because he had not met the requirements and urged colleges to observe set standards and award certificates to students purely on merit.

Many candidates in the country take long time before completing their doctorate degree and the delay has been blamed on inadequate lecturers with PhD in public universities in the country.

This is because the few lecturers available supervise far too many students, therefore, giving less attention to PhD students.

A recent report by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) revealed that a lecturer with a PhD serves 94 students against 30, the number recommended by higher education experts.

So far, Kenya has less than 10,000 PhD holders with only 369 students graduating last year yet the country needs at least 1,000 annually.







Kenyan Digest