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Protect credibility of academic papers, orders CS Ezekiel Machogu

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has asked a State agency to ensure the credibility of Kenya’s academic qualifications is protected at all times.

To achieve this, Machogu directed the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) to ensure that the National Qualifications Framework is fully implemented.

Mr Machogu said the government is determined to ensure that the credibility and authenticity of qualifications and certificates that come from education and training institutions remain of quality.

He also announced that the government has developed a system for articulation, classification, registration, accreditation and quality assurance of national qualifications.

 “This will enhance the quality, relevance and authenticity of qualifications, not just locally but globally. This will also promote portability of our qualifications and mobility of labour,” said Machogu during the release of last year's Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations result.

KNQA is mandated to coordinate and supervise the development of policies on national qualifications.

It provides for the development of a system of competence, learning and attainment of national qualifications as well as the facilitation of linkages, credit transfers and exemptions.

CS Machogu said all the candidates who sat the KCSE examination in 2022 have avenues to progress to other levels of education as the government seeks to leave no learner behind in career development. “All these candidates have a destiny and the government is determined to clear the path for them to reach that destiny,” said Machogu.

Of the total number of candidates that sat the 2022 KCSE, 443,644 were male while 437,772 were female, representing 50.33 per cent and 49.67 per cent of the total candidature respectively.