Thousands of students in universities pursuing diploma and certificate courses, and who hope to further their studies, will not be allowed to transfer credits after an education sector regulator said it will not recognise their qualifications. The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) said in a statement that the diplomas and certificates being offered by universities cannot be recognised and registered under the Kenya National Qualifications Framework (KNQF). Registration in the KNQF assures an academic institution, and the courses that it offers, international recognition. The authority’s director general, Dr Juma Mukhwana, said that for an institution or qualification to be registered in the KNQF, it must be accredited by a recognised quality assurance body.
Dr Mukhwana said for diplomas and certificates, this must be done by the Technical and Vocational Training Authority (TVETA), while for degrees (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate) they must be accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE).
“Most of the universities have been offering diplomas and certificates without bothering to accredit them with TVETA and neither are they accredited by CUE,” he said. He also said that most of the diplomas do not meet the minimum standards set by KNQA, which is two years of full time study. Dr Mukhwana called for dialogue among the stakeholders to address the issue to avoid disadvantaging the students. The KNQF came into effect in 2016, meaning that any diploma or certificate courses offered by universities after this period are null and void.