Society / Education
Monday, 19 Dec 2016 13:18 EAT
Universities have been warned not to issue degrees to politicians aiming to meet the academic requirements for the next year polls without attending classes. Aspirants both for parliamentary seats and the county assembly seats together with sitting MPs and MCAs have been rushing to universities to obtain academic certificates.
Higher Education PS Colleta Suda warned that universities risk the withdrawal of their charters and letters of interim authorities should they be found issuing degrees to politicians who have not been to class. “We cannot allow people to buy degrees. The ministry is aware of some individuals especially politicians who have been trying to secure diplomas and degrees at institutions of higher learning in order to meet the academic requirement for the elections. Any institution that will be involved will face dire consequences,” said Prof. Suda.
This comes as MPs remained divided over the academic requirement with those opposing the move saying one does not need academic knowledge to apply leadership skills. The Elections Act currently states that only the President, Deputy President, Governors and Deputy Governors are required to have a degree from a recognized university.
In 2012, over 80 MPs put pressure on the President Mwai Kibaki to reject the changes to the Elections Act of 2011 requiring members of the National Assembly to have at least a basic university degree. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) told the National Assembly Legal Affairs Committee that all the elective post including MCAs one will be required to have a degree in the 2022 General Elections.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press