BY MWANAHABARI REPORTER
All Kenyans holding university degrees may soon have their degree papers undergo fresh verification to find out if they are genuine.
The proposal has been put forward by the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha.
Magoha said: “It is very unfortunate that the issues of fake degrees are now being politicised instead of being handled professionally.”
“The verification of degrees is a very easy task which can be handled by the relevant bodies,” Magoja said while speaking in Rongo, Migori County.
The proposal is supposed to identify and remove all fake degree certificates in the country.
Magoha maintained that the issue of fake degrees needs to be dealt with professionally, adding that the Commission for University Education should be given time to handle the issues.
The news has left a number of Kenyans who may have secured jobs with fake academic papers scratching their heads, fearing that their days are numbered.
Those in the unscrupulous business of designing fake KCSE and Kasneb certificates, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees charge Sh6,000 per piece.
A KCPE or a Diploma certificate will cost one Sh5,000.
Meanwhile, a degree certificate with transcripts will take one back Sh7,500, while a diploma certificate with transcripts costs Sh6,500.
A soft copy certificate together with transcripts cost only Sh4,000.
DID YOU KNOW
1. Director general of KNQA said that currently, 10 to 15 percent of all qualifications in Kenya are fake, fraudulent or falsified.
2. The government is developing the National Qualifications Information Management System, which is going to be a one-stop database of all our qualifications from the basic, TVET and university sectors.