December 17, 2017

Government developing database to track academic qualifications

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has said the Ministry is developing a database to keep track of academic qualifications to eliminate fake credentials.

According to Dr Matiang’i, the database will facilitate easy verification of academic papers presented to the Council of University Education (CUE).

“The agencies that are here from January as soon as we complete this process of framework regulations, our next action is to now begin to develop the database so that’s it’s not a problem for anyone to trace qualifications,” he directed.

“The database shall contain information on registered unit standards, registered qualification, accredited education and training providers, validated learning programmes, recognized foreign qualifications, learner records and other particulars necessary,” the CS added.

Matiang’i gave an example of how a politician used a wrong certificate to run for a governorship position.

“A guy went to CUE and was cleared to run for governor. He presented a certificate from Costa Rica. When the interpretation was done, it turned out actually that it was a participation certificate of an evangelistic campaign.

“He brought it here, threw a tantrum and then he was cleared in 2013. By the time people discovered, then went to court, imagine the suit was not heard and determined before the end of his term so the good guy served through, with a participation certificate,” Matiang’i pointed out.

Matiang’i, who doubles as an Acting Interior CS, directed all stakeholders to work together and ensure high standards are maintained in the sector.

Matiang’i spoke at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) on Thursday (30/11/17).

Matiang’i’s announcement came a day when the University of Nairobi (UoN) deregistered Meru Senator Mithika Linturi as a law student for presenting fake papers to get admission.

According to the university’s Senate, Linturi’s degree from a university in India that he used to secure admission at University of Nairobi in 2014 was forged.

“Universities admit students on the basis of their qualifications and if it is discovered that you forged your document, then the institution is at liberty to stop you from continuing with your studies,” said an officer at the institution.

The Senator was supposed to graduate next month.

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