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Parliament Fights Kenya National Qualification Authority Over Fake Papers, Terms it Illegal

The fate of the Kenya National Qualification Authority (KNQA) lies in balance after the National Assembly termed the duties of the corporation illegal.

Public Investments Committee (PIC) has watered down the authority, arguing that its powers to verify educational qualifications were not procedurally approved by Parliament.

According to a local daily, PIC said the KNQA been performing the function illegally.

The news comes even as universities have been put on high alert over the potential acquisition of fraudulent degrees by politicians seeking elective posts ahead of the next General Election.

University Education department is concerned about the likelihood of aspirants infiltrating universities to acquire fake degrees as politicians rush to beat the provisions of the Elections Act 2011.

The committee said Parliament ought to have approved the Kenya National Qualifications Framework Regulations as required by the Statutory Instruments Act.

Two institutions have been fighting each other on who has the mandate to certify academic qualifications in Kenya.

KNQA argues that it has the mandate to advice and support anybody, including TVETA that is responsible for the award of national qualification.

Part III of the Kenya National Qualifications Framework Regulations gives KNQA the authority to recognise, equate and verify national and foreign academic qualifications.

“We are seized of this matter because two institutions have decided to fight each other in court. We have realised that lawyers are making a lot of money based on one State corporation fighting another one in court and this is not a prudent use of public resources,” Abdulswamad Nassir, who chairs PIC said.

TVETA moved to court and sued KNQA in a bid to wrestle the certification of educational papers from the authority.

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