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#KCSE2017 Matiang'i's team makes sudden changes on KCSE certificates

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The changes will affect all the students, including the 2017 class.

Education CS Dr Fred Matiang'i. play

Education CS Dr Fred Matiang'i.

(Courtesy)

The government is set to digitise all certificates beginning January 2018 in a bid to end forgery, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru announced on Wednesday.        

The CS who on Wednesday during the release of 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination (KCSE), revealed that the move would form part of the wider strategy in using technology to create transparency in the education sector and make work easier for Kenyans.

“We have proved that technology can work in speeding time taken to mark and release exam results, ministry is looking at various innovations to improve transparency in the education sector,” the CS told reporters in Nairobi.

“Our next strategy is to make academic certificates available online for easier verification. Technology will help us get right personnel for our industries” he added.

play Education CS Dr Fred Matiang'i in a press conference earlier. (Courtesy)

In January this year, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said technology helped in curbing fraud in 2016 KCSE results.

"With the use of ICT, we eliminated people who were changing marks," said Matiang'i. Dr Matiang'i said the ghost of fraud in the management of exams was exorcised through technology and quick release of the results.

The new directive comes amid rising cases of forgery of academic papers involving a Meru Senator Mithika Linturi whose law degree certificate was revoked by the University of Nairobi.

play From L: TSC CEO Nancy Macharia, ICT CS Joe Mucheru, Education CS Fred Matiang'i President Uhuru Kenyatta, KNEC CEO George Magoha and Education PS Dr Belio Kipsang at State House Nairobi before the official release of 2017 KCSE results. (PSCU/Twitter)

The University of Nairobi deregistered Mr Linturi after the institution discovered that he used fake papers to get admission.

The university’s Senate sat and resolved to de-register him following investigations that revealed that the degree from a university in India that he used to secure admission at University of Nairobi in 2014 was forged.

The development is a blow to senator who was supposed to graduate in December this year.

“Universities admit students on the basis of their qualifications and if it is discovered that you forged your document, then the institution is at liberty to stop you from continuing with your studies,” said a senior officer at the university.

 

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