Ex-KNEC Chief Wins Big in Wrongful Suspension Row

  • A file image of former KNEC boss Joseph Kivilu
    A file image of former KNEC boss Joseph Kivilu
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  • Former Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) CEO, Joseph Kivilu, has been awarded Ksh10 million over wrongful suspension following claims of examination malpractices during his tenure.

    Kivilu had been accused of involvement in the examination malpractices which included leakages during the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams - claims he disputed. 

    Kivilu told the court that he was suspended over the claims but later tendered his resignation adding that he suffered a mental anguish that pushed him to the edge.

    Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) house along Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi
    Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) house along Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi.
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    Further, he alleged that the suspension and the accusations ruined his professional and financial life.

    KNEC, however, defended itself stating that the institution had to wait until investigations were concluded by police and hence could not interrupt the process. 

    Justice Maureen Onyango ruled in favour of the former KNEC boss noting that the institution did not follow due process while issuing the suspension. 

    "I have further taken into account the anguish of the claimant (Kivilu) in the award of maximum compensation to cater for the improprieties that bedeviled his disciplinary process," the Judge ruled.

    KNEC was directed to pay Kivilu Ksh6.2 million as compensation, Ksh1.75 million for accumulated leave days and a further Ksh1.56 million in three months' pay for not issuing him with a notice.

    The 2015 KCSE national exams had caused a raucous over alleged malpractices. Kivilu was at pains to explain how various schools accessed the examination papers ahead of the set exams dates. 

    The former KNEC boss, however, maintained that the exams were credible and affirmed that the government had put in place strict measures to enforce exam regulations.

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    An undated photo of KCSE students sitting the national exam
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