Four Government Agencies In Fight Over The Following
Four government agencies are in a fight over who is mandated to recognize academic certificates obtained locally and internationally.
The fight erupted after George Bala filed a petition in court citing that Kenya National Qualifications Authorities have no mandate to approve academic certificates.
According to the petition filed by George Bala, the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) does not have any powers whatsoever to approve national and foreign qualifications.
According to Bala such powers are vested on Commission for University Education and TVET authorities only.
Justice Anthony Ndungu in his orders stopped Kenya National Qualifications Authority temporarily from carrying on verification of any academic papers be it obtained within the country or from outside the country.
The Part III of the Kenya National Qualifications Framework Regulations which authorizes the recognition and verification of academic credentials were suspended by the order from the judge.
Justice Ndung’u said that the order shall be in force till next year February when the suit shall be determined.
The four government agencies in a fight for verification of academic credentials are the ministry of education, the commission for university education, the Kenya National Qualifications Authority and the TVET Authority.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Professor George Magoha has called upon the Attorney General’s office to preside over the issue.
Mr Bala through lawyer Deogratius Omondi, argues that KNQA is illegally using some provisions of KNQFR to usurp CUE mandates to vet all academic credentials.
According to lawyer Omondi, KNQA is mandated to set the standards only for harmonisation and recognition of the academic certificates and not to recognize or verify them. KNQA does not have the systems or trained personnel to Carry out the verification process.
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