KNEC To Pay 2 Million To Students in Name Change Case, Court Orders.
Mr Charo Wesley became a millionaire overnight last week Friday after Justice Antony Mrima ruled a case that has been in court in his favour.
Mr Ocharo for the past four years has not been able to graduate because the names appearing in his Kenya National Certificates for primary and secondary education are not the same as those in his other official documents.
Mr Ocharo initially known as David Mwanyia changed his name while pursuing a course at the University of Nairobi. The change was published in a gazette notice of January 21, 2015.
After the issue was published Ocharo was able to effect the changes on all other documents including Identification cards except for the KCPE and KCSE certificates.
However, the Kenya National Examinations Council body did not issue him with new certificates arguing that they do not have a clear framework for changing names on certificates that have been issued to individuals.
KNEC was served with several orders by both high court and court of appeal on different cases filed on name changing but they stood firm on their stand. The Attorney General also gave them a piece of legal advice that it is acceptable to amend names on exam documents.
Last Friday, Justice Anthony Mrima ruled that the Kenya National Examination Council was wrong in refusing to change Mr Wesley’s name on his certificates. The Council also had become a threat to constitutionalism and the rule of law by going against several court orders.
Justice Mrima besides ordering the examination agency to effect changes of the names on the certificates he also awarded him Sh2 million to gather for all the expenses incurred while pursuing the case.
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