PSC urges actions against over 2000 public officers with forged academic certificates

The Public Service Commision wants public officers found to have acquired public offices with fake academic certificates’ employment terminated and pay all accrued salaries.

PSC chairperson Anthony Muchiri while presenting the report  of officers with fake documents has warned of the severity of the matter stating that ministries, departments and government agencies that have not furnished the commission with the employees reports to do so as soon as possible

The Chairman said that the aforementioned individuals are part of 2,067 forgery cases discovered in an investigation they launched in October 2022.

The probe targeted 331 institutions among them 52 Ministries, State Departments and Agencies (MDAs), 239 State corporations and Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies and 40 public universities.

The probed institutions were required to submit lists of graduands in the last 10 years, submit lists of graduands in subsequent graduations at the end of every calendar year and also provide the commission with access and verification credentials for online verification of job-seeking candidates’ academic and professional certificates.

Despite only 195 complying, 1,280 cases referred to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) out of the submitted 58,599 cases were found to be forged.

“This number is not final as the authentication exercise is still ongoing and we expect to receive more cases of forgeries,” said Muchiri.

Additionally, 787 officers in Ministries, State Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been found to have secured appointments and promotions in the public service using forged documents – MDAs include universities and tertiary institutions.

The commissions has not reiterated the need to work cohesively with the commission of university education in digitizing record for smooth scrutiny

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