But these concerns will be a thing of the past once the proposed Bill becomes law, as all qualifications in the country will be coordinated by a central agency to be called the Kenya Qualifications Authority.
Director of Technical Accreditation and Quality Assurance, N Gakungu said yesterday that the authority established under the Bill will be the common regulatory system for development, evaluation and issuance of qualifications in Kenya. Currently, the KQF is neither documented nor coordinated.
He said once it becomes law, the framework will enhance regulation and systematise the accreditation of educational programmes, assessment of learning outcomes, recognition of prior learning and skills, credit accumulation and transfer.
Higher education science and technology secretary Prof Harry Kaane said the Bill aims at ensuring sanity in all qualifications in the country.
âThis is going to eliminate the many colleges that offer three months certificate and diploma papers in the country,â he said.
âWe are introducing this in the country for the first time and we hope that once it becomes law we shall ensure quality at all levels of education in the country,â he added.
Members of parliament also wanted that the number of years students spend in universities be reduced to three. The chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on education David Koech said the four years spend in universities is also costly to the parents and guardians.
The legislators also said that universities should not be allowed to takeover tertiary colleges as their campuses.