- KNQA has said since its inception in 2014, majority of Kenyans still do not know what they are about.
- The agency has signed with Auditor-General that will see no new recruitments till the authority has verified the candidate’s qualification.
The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) has partnered with other state agencies to crack down on individuals holding fake academic certificates.
KNQA Council Chairperson Dr. Kilemi Mwiria said the partnership with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Agency (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) targets to net more than a third of Kenyans holding key positions in government and private sector without the requisite qualifications.
Speaking to TV47, Dr. Mwiria said it was unfortunate that some individuals used fake academic credentials to secure jobs adding that the multi-agency approach targets to clean the system and ensure that only qualified Kenyans are absorbed in the job market.
The crackdown, he said, shall be extended to learning institutions to ensure that only qualified students are awarded certificates.
Speaking at Kisumu National Polytechnic on Thursday during a stakeholder consultative meeting for Nyanza and Western regions, Dr. Mwiria said the move also aims to restore sanity in the education sector at the same time curb cases of cheating. This will develop a competent and honest workforce for national development.
KNQA Director-General Dr. Juma Mukhwana added that the partnership also targets all government ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure that workers across all cadres hold the relevant qualifications.
Dr. Mukhwana added that the agency was in talks with the Council of Governors (COG) to come up with modalities on how to authenticate certificates of county government workers.
This follows rising concerns over the qualifications of the majority of county government staff who have been absorbed in key positions against the backdrop of political influence.
The agency has revealed that two weeks ago they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of the Auditor-General that will see no new recruitments taking place there till the authority has verified the candidate’s qualification.
KNQA has established networks with other agencies across the world to ensure that Kenyans who study abroad come back with the right qualifications.
Kenya’s grim picture of fake academic papers
In April 2021, KNQA said that one out of every three academic certificates in Kenya is fake.
The authority also entered into a deal with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to bar candidates who will present unverified academic papers.
“We will be happy to work together to address the issue of fake academic qualifications by candidates seeking elective positions,” IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said during a meeting with KNQA officials.
About 20,000 candidates are expected to vie for various elective posts in the 2022 General Election.
“Elected leaders need to lead by example by only presenting genuine certificates to the electoral body,” Dr Mwiria said during the meeting with IEBC in April.