Masters Degree Will No Longer Be A Qualification For Promotions In Public Offices

National Employment Authority

Its the dream of every employee to hold the highest office in their place of work someday. But getting into such ranks calls for more commitment and dedication, and a bunch of academic qualifications. The desire to get promoted among civil servants in Kenya has seen a majority spend some good amount of money into getting a master’s degree and PhD qualifications, which has been a differentiating factor in government posts.

But the government has announced that it has stopped relying on postgraduate qualifications to promote civil servants. The Public Service Commission (PSC) has said that promotions will now be based on work experience and individual competence and not additional degrees which are a common requirement in the job market.

“In view of the transitional arrangement, the commission has suspended the requirements of the strategic leadership development programme and Master’s degree as parameters for promotion of public officers to a senior position,” PSC chairperson Stephen Kirogo.

However public servants in the role of directors will be required to have a minimum qualification of a master. Universities have been making a fortune off these masters programs. Statistics from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) revealed that 43,988 students were pursuing Master’s degree and PhD courses in the year to June, up from 32,977 in a similar period last year.

The spike in postgraduate enrollment has been putting pressure on university facilities like lecture halls, lectures and libraries. Mr. Kirogo noted that some of the requirements for promotion may not be facilitating the acquisition of the envisioned skill, competencies and attributes required at the higher level, hence the need to focus on work experience.