Disappointment as court sets KCPE lawsuit to be heard in February 2024

Lawyer Danstan Omari addressing the media outside Milimani Law Courts at a past date.PHOTO/Suek

The hearing of the application filed by Kitengela International School and SET Greenhill Academy against KNEC will be heard in February next year.

The students, parents and schools are disappointed with the ruling since by then, most of the 2023 KCPE candidates will have been admitted to their respective schools.

Justice Lawrence Mugambi directed the matter to be heard on 7th February 2024 even after the case was filed under a certificate of urgency.

Before the orders were issued on 29th November 2023, Lawyer Danstan Omari for the applicants wrote a letter to the Deputy Registrar for intervention after Justice Mugambi failed to issue any orders on 27th November after the matter was actioned to him for directions on the same day.

Apart from the two schools, some students from Moi Primary school, Kabarak have also filed a case against the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) over poor results awarded to them.

Through lawyer Danstan Omari, all the applicants want the court to issue orders temporarily suspending education CS Ezekiel Machogu’s declaration of the form one placement exercise that had been slated to begin on 27th November 2023.

The students’ guardians claim that the respective schools have always performed better in previous KCPE examinations and expected similar outcomes from their children this year.

The court heard that the students, guardians and the schools in general were shocked by the results they received since they have never performed so poorly before.

They blamed the mix-up on the government’s directive to rush the release of the results.

“It is a matter of local notariety that there were widespread irregularities in the 2023 KCPE exams results, thus, the integrity of the marking process has been called to question,” Omari said.