Following the rising cases of forged certificates in formal employment sector, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has announced a major countrywide crackdown.
In conjunction with the the Kenya National Qualifications of Authority (KNQA), the major crackdown is meant to weed out fake academic certificate holders.
According to the KNQA Chairperson Dr. Kilemi Mwiria, holders of fake academic documents have secured formal jobs at the expense of deserving and well-educated employment seekers.
“We are working with all stakeholders to eradicate this practice that is denying Kenyans with genuine academic documents an opportunity to benefit from their hard work in school,” Dr. Mwiria said.
A special team consisting of DCI and KNQA officers has already been formed, with DCI boss George Kinoti optimistic that the taskforce’s prowess will bring to an end academic fraud in the country.
In a meeting on Tuesday, KNQA Director-General Dr. Juma Mukhwana made a damning finding- that a third of Kenyans working in the formal sector have fake academic documents.
Approximately 3 million Kenyans are employed in the formal sector, meaning that nearly 1 million Kenyans in the sector have fake academic qualifications.
Late last year the county assembly of Kitui recommended the sacking of two county executive members “for having fake university degrees”.
Recently, a commercial pilot with an eight years’ experience was exposed to have been flying with a fake KCSE certificate, and with no valid pilot’s license.
A human resources manager working for a government agency was discovered to have worked for eight years with fake undergraduate degree and KCSE certificate.
Just recently, a fake anesthetist was discovered to have worked at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital for eight years without possessing the required academic certificates.
In due time the new taskforce will work closely with county governments and other state agencies in order to vet academic certificates of their workers.