Govt to harmonise academic certification, qualification process

The Government is set to harmonize certification and qualification process for national and foreign certifications and qualifications.

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i says the harmonization will bring order organization and coordination in giving weight, relevance and quality in determining the certification and qualifications institutions issue to students.

Dr. Matiang’i made the remarks when he addressed a stakeholder’s conference on the Kenya National Qualifications Framework (KNQF) at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

The Stakeholders were invited to discuss the Kenya National Qualifications Framework Regulations. He was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Vocational and Training, Dr. Dina Mwinzi and the Chairman of the Vice Chancellor for Public Universities, Prof. Francis Oduol.

He said KNQF will bring an end to anarchy, confusion and mediocrity that have defined certifications and qualifications in educational and training institutions in the country.

He said the regulations set standards and benchmarks for qualifications and competencies including skills, knowledge, attitudes and values.

Dr. Matiang’i said the harmonization of certification will also create consistence in equation of foreign qualifications and certifications versus local qualifications and certifications.

He said this will obviate the frustrations Kenyans who had studied abroad faced while seeking equation.

He challenged the KNQA to create and maintain a national database of national qualifications, saying this will help deal with people who had fake qualifications and certifications.

He, however, said the regulations will create clear pathways for certificate and diploma holders to seamlessly upgrade their qualifications through further studies.

The Chairman of KNQA, Prof. Bonaventure Kerre, said the regulations will clarify a way to compare qualifications and to describe the relation between the different levels of a national educational system, and the level, workload and learning outcomes of specific qualifications.

He said European Union has developed the European Credit Transfer System, under the Bologna Process aimed at helping international students make the most of their study abroad experience.

He said the regulations will clarify issues that should guide the credit transfer process from one tier of education and training to another.


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