Kenya’s Commission for University Education (CUE) has cast doubt on 120,000 degree certificates issued since 2012 by various institutions of higher learning.
The commission has now issued a 30-day warning that any university that will fail to address the quality mess in their operation risks being blocked from admitting students for one year.
“All universities have been given their individual reports and are required to respond with corrections of factual errors and to provide, to the commission, a road map on corrective measures within 30 days,” said CUE Chief Executive Officer, Prof. David Some.
Kenyan universities underwent a vigorous audit a few months ago to determine the quality of education that has been under question in recent years. A report by the university commission released on Thursday by Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, revealed several breaches that includes flaws in university admissions, academic fraud, abuse of executive masters degrees and lecturers’ non-compliances.
The CUE took further steps by suspending all executive master’s degree adding that holders of such degrees will also not be admitted for doctorates of philosophy.
Universities have also been directed to recall honorary degrees which violated standards, as well as degrees that fraudulently awarded.