10 le­gal clerks caught with fake exam pa­pers

Mid this year, the ju­di­ciary em­ployed 916 clerks. Of the num­ber, 10 were found to have pre­sented forged KCSE cer­tifi­cates

The Star (Kenya) - - News - HENRY WANYAMA @hwanyama1

Ten clerks at the ju­di­ciary face the sack af­ter al­legedly us­ing forged KCSE exam cer­tifi­cates to get em­ployed.

Mid this year, the ju­di­ciary em­ployed 916 clerks. Of the num­ber, 10 were found to have pre­sented forged KCSE exam cer­tifi­cates.

Ju­di­ciary Direc­tor of Pub­lic Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Naim Bi­lal told the Star yes­ter­day the Kenya Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil has con­firmed the cer­tifi­cates of the 10 are fake. The in­di­vid­u­als were hired in July.

“The af­fected per­sons have been no­ti­fied and have been given an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond,” he said. Bi­lal said the ju­di­ciary’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee will meet this month to dis­cuss the in­di­vid­ual cases and make rec­om­men­da­tions.

The dis­cov­ery means that the ju­di­ciary un­der­took postem­ploy­ment ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the 916 cer­tifi­cates, rather than do­ing it be­fore hir­ing. Bi­lal said the ver­i­fi­ca­tion and au­then­ti­ca­tion of aca­demic and pro­fes­sional pa­pers is a stan­dard and nec­es­sary prac­tice in gov­ern­ment to sup­port the prin­ci­ple of merit in pub­lic job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The ju­di­ciary is also await­ing a Knec ver­i­fi­ca­tion re­port on 10 more pend­ing cases for in­di­vid­u­als sus­pected to have sub­mit­ted forged cer­tifi­cates to get cler­i­cal jobs.

The cler­i­cal job ap­pli­cants were sup­posed to have a qual­i­fi­ca­tion of KCSE exam’s C- (mi­nus) grade.

In April, po­lice in Nairobi raided a car­tel that was print­ing fake cer­tifi­cates in Ndaragwa House, Mfangano Street. Among the doc­u­ments found at the premises were fake KCSE exam, de­gree, birth and po­lice clear­ance cer­tifi­cates.

Nairobi po­lice com­man­der Japheth Koome said, “An un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer walked into the premises and left with a BA in Crim­i­nol­ogy and Se­cu­rity Stud­ies af­ter pay­ing Sh20,000.” He urged em­ploy­ers to ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of cer­tifi­cates pre­sented to them by job-seek­er­sand those ap­ply­ing for ad­mis­sion toin­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

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