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CS Matiang’i ‘to vet’ authenticity of academic certificates for aspirants

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Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang'i says ministry is ready to roll out Unique Personal Identifier (UPI), as part of the ongoing education reforms. Photo/Citizen

For the first time in the history of Kenyan elections, the Ministry of Education’s certification agencies among them the Kenya National Examinations Council and the Commission for University Education will be checking and confirming academic credentials of aspirants intending to vie in the General Election.

Speaking during a joint meeting with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair, Wafula Chebukati at Jogoo House in Nairobi, Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, assured IEBC of full support in vetting all aspiring leaders ahead of the August General Election to ensure credibility of the poll.

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“I want to assure the country and the IEBC that we will be able to confirm the credibility of any certificates presented to the commission in good time and to facilitate them to clear and process candidates, including cases where candidates present certificates especially degree certificates from outside Kenya,” said Matiang’i.

It is a process that will not only lead to automatic disqualification but will also attract criminal charges of falsification of documents.

Now, the aspirants will have to come face to face with the new outfit called the Chapter Six Working Group mandated to clear only the candidates who meet among others academic and integrity requirements before securing IEBC clearance to contest in the upcoming polls.

“Where we express doubt, we will give reasons why, and where we see fraudulent papers, we will have to hand over those kind of people to the police and the DCI,” he added.

“And this is the only way to rid ourselves of the nonsense that has been going on in this country.”

The Ministry of Education’s four certification agencies including the Tertiary and Vocational Training Authority and the Kenya National Qualifications Authority will collectively scan through the aspirant’s academic credentials.

In the course of the five year term, the ministry’s certification agencies have noted and singled out one too many leaders elected into critical public and state offices who secured clearance to contest in 2013 after flashing outrageously fake certificates.

On his part, IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati lauded Matiang’i’s Ministry for the gesture saying that now: “A judge doesn’t have to prove that your degree is valid.”

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