UoN denies claims of awarding degrees irregularly

By George Kithuka

The University of Nairobi has denied reports that the institution has been censored for issuing Masters and PhD degrees to persons whose thesis had been authored elsewhere.

In a statement read by the vice chancellor professor Peter Mbithi on behalf of the University Senate, the University wants sections of the media that published the demeaning story to tender a public apology or else it seeks legal redress.

The University is calling on the media to be factual and fair while reporting education matters to promote good governance and enhance quality education.

The University was responding to the media report in the wake of an audit conducted by the Commission of University Education has revealed that a number of universities in the country have been offering courses not approved by the commission.

“The Commission for University Education has denied issuing any other report on the University of Nairobi a part from the one in our possession which does not contain such errors,” read the statement.

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi while receiving the report said that the government had instituted a raft of measures following talks with vice chancellors of universities across the country, to improve the quality of education in institutions of higher learning.

CS Matiangi last year effected reforms in the country’s secondary level of education that exposed massive exam irregularities in previous KCPE and KCSE examinations.

Through the statement, the University also refuted claims of insolvency and inability to pay salaries saying its a serious exaggeration.

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