, NAIROBI, Kenya, March 23 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i wants it to be mandatory for the Commission for University Education to verify the degrees of all leaders before they are elected into office.
Speaking during a forum on curriculum development on Wednesday morning, the Education CS stated that some have fake degrees and when confronted went to court insisting they were authentic.
He pointed out that no one needs to go to court to prove that they attended a particular institution when there are simple ways of verification using transcripts, references to classmates or teachers and the commission.
“You know you have never sat in a university classroom. You know you have actually never done a university exam in your life. You are carrying a piece of paper which you bought from some country, then you actually want to go to court for a judge to determine that you went to school so that the judge protects your position that you hold office. We are shocked at the country in which we live,” he stated.
Currently, the commission only certifies the academic papers of leaders who studied in foreign institutions.
Chairman Henry Thairu told Capital FM News that the body is mandated to verify that the institutions are authentic.
He stated that leaders having papers from local colleges do not need to be verified since the institutions are often known.
He indicated that investigations into fake papers are only launched when a complaint is received.
Matiang’i described the situation as appalling and insisted that the process needs to be cleaned up to ensure Kenyans elect leaders of integrity.
“I am being honest as always. We go through an electoral process and we elect drug peddlers and so on. The education system must begin to educate people on value systems, the right and wrong,” he said.
“That is why these days in the secondary schools, we are having elections, class presidents, student leaders are being elected so that we can train our children on values of education. That they do not have to be bribed to make the right decision.”
He stated that the mindset of many is so fixed on cheating that it does not bother them that they are not even literate enough to hold the posts.
“It baffles me. I cannot go anywhere on earth to insist that I have this qualifications when I don’t, but people are so brazen and they move around and they are holding leadership titles when they know in their heart of hearts that they never sat in any university,” he stated.
He said sincere leaders would have no need to prove their qualifications to anyone since it would be obvious to everyone.