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KNEC to pay man KSh2M for failing to issue him with new certificates after name change

In Summary

  • In 2004 and 2008, Charo wrote his KCPE and KCSE respectively, under the name David Wesley Mnyika Mwanyia.
  • As he pursued a Diploma, he changed his name through a Deed Poll dated January 25, 2015.

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) will pay a man KSh2 million in compensation for failing to issue him with new certificate.

The Nairobi High Court last week ruled that the examnination body erred in failing to issue Wesley Mdawida Charo a new certificate after he legally changed his name.

While delivering his ruling, Justice Anthony Mrima ordered the KNEC to amend its record to reflect Charo’s change of name from David Wesley Mnyika Mwanyia to Wesley Mdawida Charo.

Further, Justice Mrima directed KNEC to recall Charo’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certificates, and issue him with new ones bearing the name Wesley Mdawida Charo.

“General damages of KSh1.5 million is hereby awarded to the Petitioner [Charo] as against the 1st Respondent [KNEC] for violation of the Petitioner’s rights. Exemplary damages of KSh500,000 is hereby awarded,” said Justice Mrima.

Genesis of tiff with KNEC

In 2004 and 2008, Charo sat for his KCPE and KCSE respectively, under the name David Wesley Mnyika Mwanyia.

He then joined the University of Nairobi to pursue a Diploma course in Business Management based on the name on his KCSE certificate name. But in the course of his tertiary education, he changed his name through a Deed Poll dated January 25, 2015.

Since his new name was updated on the Integrated Population Registration System, Charo says that the same reflected in his accounts such as KRA, IEBC, NTSA, NSSF and NHIF.

Missed Graduations

He petitioned KNEC over the matter in December 2017, after he was done with the diploma course. However, Charo says, KNEC has been frustrating him, making him miss six successive graduation ceremonies.

He adds that he has missed numerous employment opportunities just because of the name mishap. As it stands, the name on his national identification card (ID) does not match that on his academic certificates.

In defending KNEC, Wilson Chelimo, Deputy Director, Examinations Administration, said the body had no provision for altering or changing certificates once issued, especially after so many years.

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