Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has urged universities to tighten their ethical standards following revelations that people are buying certificates.
He said the ministry would investigate the scandal.
“I have been informed about dubious institutions that offer substandard education through unqualified faculty who lack basic teaching materials.
“I want to state clearly that these institutions will be investigated and action taken against them. These individuals are bringing disgrace to education,” he said.
He went on: “Institutions of higher learning must uphold the highest standards and should not become centres of revenue collection by duping unsuspecting people.”
Prof Kaimenyi also called on the students to be alert and to hold their institutions accountable for the services they offer.
“Raise the alarm if you are in doubt. Take your respective institutions to task if you are not satisfied with the level of services. Use your leaders to consult with management to ensure quality,” he said.
Prof Kaimenyi stressed that getting a certificate should not be the main objective of the students.
“While a certificate is vital, what is more important is for you to gain useful, applicable knowledge that would help you in your career,” he said.
He made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by Commission of Higher Education chairman Henry Thairu during the ground-breaking for a Sh732 million student centre at the United States International University, Nairobi.