Wednesday, September 25, 2019- The crackdown on academics frauds in Kenya has started in earnest after Kenyatta University revoked a PhD awarded to one of its lecturers in 2018 over plagiarism.

This is after the lecturer was found guilty of plagiarising thesis of a senior lecturer at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Nigeria.

The lecturer, who was teaching in the social sciences department, has also been after he surrendered the original doctorate degree certificate that was issued to him.

Kenyatta University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Paul Wainaina Prof Wainaina said they received an email complaint in March 2019 from a senior lecturer in Nigeria and started investigation.

“The KU lecturer had been awarded a PhD on August 4, 2018 for a thesis he had submitted. Upon receipt of the complaint, the VC set up a committee to review the validity of the claims,” Prof Wainaina said in a statement.

“The investigations established that the lecturer and a staffer in his department had colluded to circumvent the internal KU mechanism where all thesis are subjected to anti-plagiarism software check when the same is turned in. Even though the thesis had failed the plagiarism check, the staffer had given the thesis the green light,” said Prof Wainaina.

 “The certificate has been returned and is in the custody of the University. The lecturer appeared before a student disciplinary committee on the same matter on Thursday September 19th 2019 and was discontinued,” said Prof Wainaina.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) Tuesday welcomed the decision of the university to withdraw the degree.

“The revocation was done as part of the KU’s internal quality assurance process which we applaud,” said CUE Chief executive officer Mwenda Ntarangwi.

Last month, CUE ordered Jomo Kenyatta University of agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to review 118 PhDs it awarded to students in June this year, after investigation revealed massive irregularities.

The Kenyan DAILY POST.

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