Even more panic as Coun­cil de­mands ver­i­fied cer­tifi­cates from Mak­erere

The East African - - NEWS -

Two days after for­mer law stu­dents of Mak­erere Univer­sity were sent into a panic with the an­nounce­ment that the in­sti­tu­tion would re­call law de­grees awarded ir­reg­u­larly in the past decade, Kenya’s Coun­cil of Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion added fuel to the fire, or­der­ing all such stu­dents to have their doc­u­ments certified be­fore they sit their Bar ex­am­i­na­tion in Novem­ber.

CLE chief ex­ec­u­tive Wan­jala Ku­lundu-bitonye gave the stu­dents un­til Septem­ber 29 to sub­mit the doc­u­ments.

“The grad­u­ates must fur­nish the coun­cil with copies of de­gree cer­tifi­cates and tran­scripts, certified or ver­i­fied by Mak­erere Univer­sity as gen­uine,” said Prof Ku­lun­du­bitonye. Mak­erere Univer­sity had said its de­ci­sion fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which had shown that some of the aca­demic cer­tifi­cates might have been al­tered or forged.

Last year, CLE whose man­date in­cludes reg­u­lat­ing le­gal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, stopped ad­mis­sion of stu­dents to the Kenya School of Law due to the what it termed an er­ror in the pro­ce­dure of ad­mit­ting non-kenyans.

The pre­lim­i­nary re­port re­vealed a mis­match be­tween re­sults sub­mit­ted by the univer­sity’s col­leges and schools and the fi­nal scores re­leased by the Of­fice of the Aca­demic Reg­is­trar.

Pic­ture: File

Mak­erere Univer­sity stu­dents.

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