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CUE: we have no powers to cancel degree certificates

The Commission for University Education (CUE) has said it has no powers to cancel certificates from those who might have graduated without meeting the requisite standards.

Only the Senates of respective universities in collaboration with the board of examiners of universities have the powers to cancel certificates, according to the commission executive Prof David Some.

He said the commission has a role to check the quality of education in institutions of higher learning and take appropriate measures to restore address emerging issues.

Prof Some said eligibility criteria for admission to pursue degree courses in universities is clearly stipulated in the University Regulations 2014 and the University Standards 2014.

AUDITING UNIVERSITIES

“It is clear that one must have a C+(Plus) in KCSE or must have done a diploma examined by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) or its equivalent,” Prof Some said on Tuesday.

He explained that it is the University Senate that is tasked with ensuring the scores in that diploma are equivalent to the credits required for one to be certified as a diploma holder.

Prof Some confirmed that the commission was in the process of auditing universities to ensure they comply with admission standards as enshrined in the University’s Act.

“The audit, he disclosed, is going back to five years since the Act came into force. It is meant to make sure the University Senate has the right information on the admissions,” he said.

Prof Some challenged Kenyans not to read mischief in such quality checks saying they are important to maintain high standards of education that is globally competitive.