Five Kenyans have moved to court to challenge the decision by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) that stopped the replacement of lost, damaged and defaced certificates.
Zacharia Waithaka Mwangi, Mirriam Wanjiku Kariuki, Samwel Chege, Stephen Maina Wanyoike and Hannah Nyutu have faulted the council’s decision, arguing that their rights were being violated.
The council’s deputy secretary in charge of field administration, Mohamud Ibrahim, announced the decision freezing replacement of certificates last month and said the changes were made this year.
The move is meant to stop the increasing cases of fake certificates. Knec proposed that those who lost their certificates should apply for a confirmation of results.
The five have listed the council and the Attorney-General as the respondents in the case. They argued that the decision violated the law.
Knec’s directive, they said, locked out those who lost their certificates from possible opportunities as they will be required to apply for confirmation or results every time.
This might not be possible due to financial and time constraints.