Magoha Chastises Politicians With Fake Degrees
Prof. George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, has chastised politicians over the ongoing controversy over the academic qualifications of candidates seeking elective seats in the upcoming August elections.
Prof. Magoha, speaking at Pangani Girls High School in Nairobi, where he inaugurated new CBC classrooms, said it was illogical for aspirants to continue attempting to prove their educational credentials despite knowing they were ineligible.
Without naming a specific politician, the CS advised political candidates to stop emphasizing universities in order to gain credibility.
“I, Magoha, son of Magoha, will not fight to say I am not what I am not, and am not targeting anybody. It is very shameful that people who want to be our leaders, and they are many of them, are fighting to prove that,” he said.
Magoha added: “If you ask me who my classmates were 47 years ago, I will give you a battery of them. They are all over the world.”
In reference to the University of Nairobi, where he (Magoha) was once Vice-Chancellor, the CS stated that, contrary to how politicians make the process onerous, it is simple to clarify education credentials.
Magoha stated that the majority of higher education institutions have digitized systems and can easily identify an alumnus.
“I want to urge our politicians and more so the parliamentarians to stop destroying our universities. Our universities need to be regimented and especially in the UoN… If you want transcripts of someone who studied there in 1975, you will just touch a button and get the transcripts,” said Magoha.
Following the recent verification of degrees, some of the aspirants have been barred from competing for various positions.
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Among the top candidates whose academic credentials have come under scrutiny are Nairobi aspiring gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja and his Machakos counterpart Wavinya Ndeti.