Matiang’i warns Kenyans with foreign degrees

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has warned Kenyans with foreign degrees that they will no longer be.

Education CS Fred Matiang'i

Speaking on Monday, Matiang’i announced that his ministry would raise standards of higher education across East African countries.

"As you are aware, Tanzania did an audit and 16 universities were closed down. Rwanda also just did an audit and five universities were shut. We just did our audit and we shall go to any lengths to ensure standards are maintained.

"We hope Uganda will follow suit because it would be useless for Kenyans to study there and get useless degrees that will not be beneficial to them. We are not going to let anyone bring mediocre papers in our countries, they will keep it within their borders," the Education SC was quoted by Standard.

The No-nonsense CS said that Kenya would no longer accept foreign certificates if they fell short of the standards required.

"And we shall be very firm and direct with them that we must stick to the standards. We will not accept and recognise certificates that come from those countries," Matiang'I affirmed.

The CS also noted that the recent report raised by the Council for University Education (CUE) on Kenya universities was very worrying.

According to the report, universities were issuing degrees to unqualified students and issuing honorary degrees to undeserving individuals.

"The concerns raised about the quality of university education in Kenya are a true reflection of either poor governance structure or lack of knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience among the members of the university councils," Matiang'i added.

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