Kenyan Universities, Examination bodies and TVET institutions risk loosing their power to award national qualifications by March 2019 if they fail to get accredited by Kenya National Qualification Authority (KNQA).
KNQA, through their Director General Mr. Juma Mukhwana,said Yesterday that they had written to all universities, examination bodies, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and all middle colleges to comply and get accredited before the set date.
In accordance with section 5(1) of Kenya National Qualification Framework (KNQF) Act, KNQA have to accredit and recognise institutions before they can award national qualifications. Section 5(2) also stipulates that contravention of the Act can lead to 6 months imprisonment or Ksh. 500,000 fine or both.
KNQA had given the institutions two-year transition period to comply which had already lapsed. The 3 months are enough for compliance. KNQA is mandated to develop systems and policies for examination of National qualifications and maintaining national quality assurance system for national qualifications.
Some of the institutions required to register with KNQA include foreign and local examination bodies like Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examination Board(KASNEB).
Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and Kenya Water Institute (KWI) are also required to get accredited by Kenya National Qualification Authority (KNQA).