Ten suspended Knec officials sacked

Wednesday May 11 2016

Knec Deputy CEO Bobby Anthony Mwai at the exam council’s offices in Nairobi on March 24, 2016, moments after his arrest over last year’s examination irregularities.

Knec Deputy CEO Bobby Anthony Mwai at the exam council’s offices in Nairobi on March 24, 2016, moments after his arrest over last year’s examination irregularities. At least 10 senior Knec officials previously suspended because of the irregularities have been sacked. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By OUMA WANZALA
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At least 10 senior Kenya National Examinations Council officials have been dismissed weeks after being suspended.

Eleven officials, including CEO Joseph Kivilu, were suspended in April to pave the way for investigations into their role in the 2015 examinations cheating.

Others were Ms Ambia G Noor (senior deputy secretary, examinations), Mr Maundu Mantenzawa (deputy secretary, security), Mr Thomas MacKenzie (principal examinations secretary), Ms Sarah Majani (senior deputy secretary, reprographics), Mr Bobby Nyagah Mwai (senior deputy secretary), Mr Geoffrey Gitogo (senior deputy secretary, ICT), Mr Michael Ndua (principal supply chain management officer) and Mr Richard Mwangangi (deputy secretary).

Two other officers from the test development department, whose names were not given, were also suspended. 

The results of 2,709 KCPE and 5,100 KCSE examinations candidates were cancelled.

Dr Kivilu has challenged his suspension in court and has not been sacked.

Council chairman George Magoha refused to discuss the matter while acting CEO Mercy Karogo did not return calls.

“Can’t you allow me to work please? I have a lot of issues to deal with,” Prof Magoha said.

Prof Magoha replaced Prof Kabiru Kinyanjui, who was suspended in March.