Court revokes KNEC decision to cancel Chebuyusi High School results

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Judge George Odunga ordered KNEC to carry out proper investigations into the cheating allegations at Chebuyusi High School within 14 days
Judge George Odunga ordered KNEC to carry out proper investigations into the cheating allegations at Chebuyusi High School within 14 days

The High Court has quashed the decision by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to cancel the 2017 KCSE results of Chebuyusi High School. Judge George Odunga, who delivered the verdict on Wednesday, said the KNEC decision was not made according to the law. 190 students from Chebuyusi High School in Kakamega County had their results cancelled after the national examinations body pinpointed cases of irregularity among the students. The school had been ranked as the best school in Kakamega County, second in Western and 16th nationally, but the results were cancelled some weeks later after the release. The school posted a mean grade of 8.911, and all the students had attained the university entry grade.

The Judge ordered KNEC to carry out proper investigations into the cheating allegations within 14 days to determine if the results were transparent or not. After the cancellation of the results, parents had threatened to sue the then Education CS Fred Matiang’i and seek reprieve from the Court.

However, the decision was met with jubilation, with the school principal Boniface Okoth saying the students are happy with the verdict. He said the period after cancellation has been tough for them, “We’ve gone through a tough period. We wanted to know what was the fault but we found none,” he said, “We even wanted KNEC officials to come and investigate and reveal what we had done wrong but they didn’t.” He added that now the students in the school can relax and focus on their studies.