Matiang’i wants new database to establish authenticity of degrees

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi. Photo/FILE

The government will develop a database that will help in identifying fake and genuine academic papers, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said.

Speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Thursday, the CS announced a raft of reforms he wants to implement saying that as it stands, it is difficult to authenticate the quality of a diploma or a degree programme.

He said that that the framework will be revised every four years.

“What we are doing here is ending anarchy in the certification and qualification processes in the country. I think the rain started beating with the massification of universities in the country. Currently you will meet 7 people who have studied for different periods yet they have the same certificate we need to put an end to that,” he said.

Dr. Matiang’i further announced that universities will from now on develop a policy plan on to avoid what he termed as “frustration” of students when then they apply for admissions in the same or other institutions.

“I meet parent’s everyday who tell me that my son or daughter studied law in the UK or Australia and graduated then applied to enroll in the Kenya School of Law but was told they have to go to another university first to study some units. It is not clear what you need to do in order to go from point A to point B and that is what we want to change,” said Dr. Matiang’i.

The acting Interior Security also lamented that the Commission of University Education (CUE) has been on the receiving end of politicians who have sued it for clearing certain candidates to run for elective positions despite not being degree holders as required by law.

“We are facing a lot of problems at Jogoo House because all manner of politicians are suing us after we clear politicians to run for elective seats. To solve that we are forced to write to the country which that politician studied to establish the authenticity of the degree,” he added.


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