, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – The government is developing a database to keep track of academic qualifications of all students in institutions of higher learning as part of measures to eliminate fake credentials.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says the database will facilitate easy verification of academic credentials presented to the Council of University Education (CUE) which currently has difficulties verifying documents presented for confirmation, particularly from foreign institutions.
“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.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA), Matiangi said the database will help end anarchy, confusion and mediocrity in the education sector, where unscrupulous people – including politicians take advantage of loopholes to acquire fake certificates.
“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,” reads part of the proposed regulatory framework.
Matiangi gave an example of the fake certificate menace using a governor – whom he didn’t mention by name – who served his term using unscrupulous means.
“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 said while withholding laughter.
“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,” Matiangi said leading to laughter in the room.
He spoke even as Capital FM reliably established that the University of Nairobi had already revoked several degrees acquired fraudulently – including that of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi who is accused of having presented fake papers during admission.
“But now we are ending this anarchy,” Matiangi assured the stakeholders.
He directed all relevant departments at the Ministry of Education to work closely with the CUE and the respective learning institutions to ensure high standards are maintained.
The stakeholder’s forum was organised by KNQA to discuss the formulated draft regulations to guide the implementation of the provisions in the KNQA Act of 2014.