Inside the government’s new system to catch fake certificates

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The government, through the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA), has launched a new system for reporting false certificate cases as a nationwide crackdown on counterfeits begins.

KNQA is a government body responsible for harmonizing education, training, assessment and quality assurance of all qualifications issued in the country.

The agency’s chief executive, Dr Juma Mukhwana, has revealed that one in three Kenyan holds a fake academic document.

KNQA President Dr Kilemi Mwiria (left), DCI Director George Kinoti (center), and KNQA Director General Dr Juma Mukhwana (right) on February 9, 2021.

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In line with the plan to eliminate and prosecute fake college certificate holders, the government body unveiled the anonymous reporting portal called Report Cheti Mwitu

In the portal accessible via rev.knqa.go.ke/cheti-mwitu, we can report false, forged and fraudulent certificates in Kenya.

How to report fake / fake certificates online

1. The web page is clear on what details to enter regarding a suspected fake certificate.

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2. You will need the certificate number, the name of the suspect, the institution from which the certificate is said to have been issued, and a document download file.

3. The optional fields to fill in are the suspect’s phone number, the suspect’s email, your name (name of the reporting person), your email and your contact number.

The portal has the option to report anonymity and once the entry is complete you can press Submit.

Cheti Mwitu Portal

Cheti Mwitu Portal

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the KNQA have launched a crackdown on employees with false academic certificates.

At a meeting held at DCI’s headquarters on Tuesday, February 10, the two agencies agreed to form an interagency team that would deal with fake certificate fraud in Kenya.

KNQA is currently developing the National Qualifications Information Management System (NAQMIS), which will be a single database of all our qualifications from the grassroots, TVET and university sectors.

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The institution has also set up a department that has developed national policies and standards for handling bogus and fraudulent qualifications in the country. The authority currently operates a qualifications verification service for employers, training institutions and other stakeholders.

Cheti Mwitu platform

Cheti Mwitu platform

One can also choose to check their certificates on the website.

How to verify your certificates

You will need

Completed verification of the certificate request form available on www.knqa.go.ke

A copy of the university degree;

A copy of the identity card or passport.

Recognition and equation process

The verification consists in authenticating the award of a university degree: the equation signifies the determination of the qualification position on KNQF: recognition is the formal recognition of the qualification by the Authority.

A Kenyan with a foreign qualification or a foreigner with a foreign qualification or a Kenyan or a foreigner with a local qualification from a body issuing qualifications not registered on the KNQF can do the following to obtain services;

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1. Submit your qualifications to KNQA for evaluation – Fill in KNQA / L / 005 form for recognition of qualifications and / or qualification verification form for verification available at KNQA offices or at www.knqa.go .ke.

2. Submit certified true copies of the following documents

  • Identity card or passport.
  • Transcripts and certificates.

What are the service charges?

Qualifications equation for Kenyan citizens – 5,000 Ksh

Qualifications equation for foreign nationals – 10,000 Ksh

Verification of qualification of Kenyan citizens – 1000 Ksh

Verification of qualification of foreign citizens – Ksh2,000

The payment of all fees for the services offered by KNQA will be deposited on the bank details

Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA)

Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd

Moi Avenue branch

Account n ° 1208626825

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