Scrap degree requirement for governors, Matiang’i says

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By B M J MURIITHI
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Education cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said the law requiring Kenyans to have a degree in order to vie for gubernatorial positions should be scrapped.

Speaking on last week in Boston, Massachusetts, US, Dr Matiang’i said the requirement is leading to rising cases of forgeries and falsification of academic papers among Kenyans.

“Kenya should emulate the United States which does not have such requirements,” said the CS.

Hapa USA kuna requirement ya degree ya kuwa governor? Hakuna…why don’t we remove the law in Kenya…sasa wale ambao hawana wanaenda kuokota, wengine wanasema walipata PhD. ikiwa degree ya kwanza (Is there any requirement to have a degree here in the US? None…Now those who don’t have one are going around picking them up with some saying they have a PhD as their first degree),” Dr Matiang’i said.

He added that, in Kenya, the law was not serving the purpose for which it was initially intended noting that it was being circumvented by politicians who will go to any length to acquire the requisite documents, even if it meant breaking the law.

He made the remarks while addressing Kenyans living in Boston on Wednesday.


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