TUK launches 10-day verification for academic documents of staff

Technical University of Kenya

The Technical University of Kenya (TUK) has initiated a comprehensive 10-day authentication process for academic and professional documents belonging to both permanent and contract staff.

Spearheaded by a designated committee, this verification exercise commenced on December 11, according to TUK Vice-Chancellor Benedict Mutua.

During this period, all staff members are required to present their original certificates ranging from primary to doctoral levels.

Notably, certificates from foreign institutions must first undergo equating by the Commission for University Education before submission to the committee.

The deadline for this authentication process is strict, and any staff member failing to comply risks removal from the university’s payroll.

Professor Mutua’s directive follows closely on the heels of a report by the Public Service Commission (PSC), revealing instances of civil servants securing positions and promotions through forged academic and professional credentials.

The PSC has taken decisive action against such cases, including termination of contracts and the forfeiture of associated benefits.

This move aligns with a broader governmental effort, demonstrated by the Kenya National Qualifications Authority’s ‘Report Cheti Mwitu’ system launched in 2021, aimed at curbing the use of fake certificates across various employment sectors.

The Commission for University Education has consistently highlighted the prevalence of fraudulent degrees in both public and private employment, emphasizing the need for stringent measures to maintain the credibility of academic qualifications.

By Viola Chepkemoi

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