Cabinet Secretary for Education George Omore Magoha has now joined the push for all Kenyan graduates to undergo mandatory verification to authenticate their academic papers.
Speaking on Wednesday June 22, CS Education noted that the ongoing debate over the legitimacy of degrees had lifted the veil on the messiness of the country’s education system.
Magoha hinted that if given the necessary powers, he would order all graduates to undergo further verification to validate their certificates.
A file image of Kenya National Examinations Council certificates on a table.
“No judge can give you a degree or even TSWT Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). A degree has to be from a university. would say that because of all this noise that everyone’s degree should now be checked.
For us to find out if it’s actually a problem because it becomes a big problem because you can’t graduate in six months,” Magoha explained.
Defending its sentiments, the CS argued that validating academic certificates would preserve the dignity of the country’s education system which had been laid bare following filed cases involving a number of candidates.
He further castigated the political class for hijacking the debate from academic journals and making it political.
“It is very unfortunate that the issues of fake diplomas are now politicized instead of being dealt with in a professional manner,” remarked the CS.
Magoha, who was on an inspection tour to inspect the readiness to roll out TSWT teaching in junior high schools, noted that various government agencies may complete the validation process led by the Teaching Commission. University (CUE).
His sentiment came just hours after CUE withdrew a letter revoking the degree of UDA Nairobi Governor aspirant Johnson Sakaja from the University of the team.
CUE noted that he reversed his decision but was still conducting investigations to authenticate the validity of his degree.
“The substrate of this lawsuit, namely, the letter dated June 14, 2022, for which review is sought, is hereby withdrawn pending further investigations by the defendant, which investigations are currently ongoing,” a said CUE President Chacha Nyaigotti.
The Nairobi senator had gone to court to demand Nyaigotti’s arrest for disobeying court orders.
“This reiterated statement not only confirms the contemptuous contempt, contempt and disobedience of the court’s orders, but also amounts to a direct challenge to and challenge to the authority of the court,” a letter read in part. of his lawyers.
Other lawmakers who have been caught up in the graduation fiasco include ousted presidential hopeful Walter Nyambane, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Safina party presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi and Safina gubernatorial aspirant. Wiper Machakos Wavinya Ndeti, among others.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja at the Milimani Courthouse where he appeared before the IEBC Disputes Tribunal Committee on June 15, 2022