Politician’s Fake Degree Saga Turning Kenya Into A Laughingstock – Magoha
Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha on Monday offered his opinion on the problem of candidates for elective office submitting forged degree certificates to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for approval.
He warned politicians that no court would grant them degrees and added that universities have the authority to certify degrees.
George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, claims that the current debate over fake degrees, particularly for candidates for elective positions, is making Kenya a laughingstock and should stop being politicized.
Magoha suggested that the appropriate bodies should be left to follow up on the issues.
The CS believes that the process of certifying academic documents should be simple, but those politics had made it difficult.
“A judge cannot give you a degree. As a Vice Chancellor, I cross-checked many degrees, and it would only take a phone call if you put politics aside. “Then it is a very simple process,” he noted.
Magoha continued, saying that the saga was sending the wrong message to kids because the requirement forced even those interested in politics to go to any lengths to obtain the academic certificate.
“You do not have to go to the university to be thinking. Do you only think that people with degrees think smart? the answer is no! What that has done is to push everybody else to try and get a degree by all means,” he remarked.
The comments were made following a challenge to the eligibility of Johnson Sakaja, a UDA candidate for governor, and Wavinya Ndeti, a Wiper candidate, to run for Nairobi and Machakos, respectively.
On Monday, the Commission for University Education (CUE) affirmed that Senator Johnson Sakaja’s degree is no longer recognized.
CUE Chairman Chacha Nyaigotti expressed regret that the senator had chosen not to appear before the commission and deliver the requested documents.
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He was required by the Commission to submit a list of documents attesting to his graduation from Teams University Uganda, as he claimed.
Wavinya Ndeti, a candidate for governor of Machakos, has accused those who have questioned the validity of her degrees of being ignorant.
The Wiper Party candidate detailed her experience at the City University of London and the London South Bank University in detail during an interview on Spice Fm on Monday.
She claimed that the UK education system differs from the Kenyan one in that diploma holders can earn a master’s degree without first completing an undergraduate program.