Regulations by the Commission for University Education (CUE), for all lecturers to have a doctorate degree by the end of the year in order to continue teaching in universities, have been nullified.
Labour court Judge Stephen Radido on Wednesday declared the regulations null and void, in a ruling on a case that lecturers at Machakos University filed early this year.
Justice Radido ruled that lecturers, as primary stakeholders, were not consulted when the regulations were being developed.
He dismissed arguments by the CUE and the university that vice chancellors and principals represented academic staff during the process of developing the guidelines, noting that VCs epitomise the employer and that their interests do not represent those of employees.
The lecturers petitioned the Employment and Labour Relations Court seeking a declaration that the harmonised criteria and guidelines for appointment and promotion of academic staff in Universities in Kenya were invalid, null and void.