There has always existed some tension in public support for public arts education vs science education. Some developed economies (read UK,US ) got to a point where they started questioning the utility of supporting arts education as opposed to science education and even reviewed public funding for universities based on this.
Closer home, the education minister Matiang’i recently lamented that over 80% of degrees were on social sciences leading to an undesirable situation where there were a lot more “people without jobs and jobs without people”. Without going through the merits or otherwise of Matiangi’s arguments (there are a lot of similar opinions here) we look at job records for sciences and arts courses over the years. The data used in this analysis is HELB loans records up to January 2016.