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Students warned against enrolling in unaccredited institutions

25 July 2014, 11:42 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Students seeking to enroll in foreign institutions of higher learning have been asked to confirm with the Ministry of Education’s Commission for University Education (CUE) whether the colleges or universities are accredited and recognized.

The National Assembly’s Education Committee Chairperson, Sabina Chege said, “The broad criteria for recognition and equation of academic qualifications from foreign institutions by our citizens is based on whether the certificate was obtained from an accredited or recognized institution, and the applicant must have met minimum entry requirements for a course leading to a similar award in Kenya,” said Chege.

“It normally takes 24 hours for the certificate to be recognized if all requirements have been met,” she added.

Chege reiterated that before the Commission for University Education Standards and Guidelines equates foreign certificates for recognition, it takes into account the duration of study and credit hours, the student’s previous achievement before enrolling for qualification to be equated, content of the course studied and time allocated per Unit in addition to provision of the transcript as exhibit.

She added that the Commission looks into the education stage reached in a given programme of study, and whether the candidate is registered to practice in the country of origin for professional courses.

“The guiding parameters used in recognition of foreign qualifications are detailed in the Commission for University Education Standards and Guidelines available at www.cue.or.ke,” stated Chege.

The Education Committee Chairperson, who is also the Murang’a County MP, warned that students anticipating to study in foreign institutions should verify among others, whether the institution is a member of the Regional Convention such as the Arusha Convention or International COnvention such as the Lisbon Convention.

Chege revealed that a total of 7 295 certificates of citizens from various accredited and recognized foreign institutions have been equated to Kenyan standards of education since 2008 and added that the number of equated qualifications rises yearly.

“I call upon candidates with foreign qualifications to quickly seek for equating their certificates immediately they return in the country to compete with others in seeking employment,” urged Chege.

Chege was responding to a query by the Marakwet East MP, William Kisang in Parliament on Thursday. Kisang had requested her to elaborate on the status of certificates acquired out of the country which he claimed locked many job applicants out of employment.

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