The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: 'A' Level Certificate Rejected By Police

An orphan's bid to join the police force was thwarted when his "A" level Ugandan certificate was rejected in Amagoro, Teso county yesterday.

Anthony Ajulus could not believe it when during the district recruitment drive he was told his certificate was not recognised by the police force.

Ajulus who was brought up by his grandmother had a supporting letter from the District Education Office signed by Cornel Otijom, but the recruitment team could hear none of Ajulus pleas.

He sat for his KCPE at Angurai Primary School but went to Tororo Progressive Academy in Uganda. Ajulus appealed to the government to help him join the police force.

The recruitment drive was led by Teso North DC Josephine Onunga.Twenty four recruits, six of them women were selected out of 400 who had come for the interviews.

Despite attaching a letter from the DEO's offices signed by Cornel Otijom requesting Ajulus to be accorded assistance, the recruitment team heard none of it.

"I have also a Diploma in Music from a Nairobi college courtesy of my grandmother who has struggled to bring me up but nothing was forthcoming," Ajulus said.

The exercise which was led by saw 24 recruits selected to join the National Police Service. Over 40 recruits who had C-(Minus) were disqualified since the minimum requirement was C plain.

They included 10 men and four women who joined regular police and eight men and two women who joined the Administration Police. Over 400 recruits turned up for the exercise majority of then being men. The DC said the Baragoi massacre could have scared most women recruits.

Onunga admitted that security was very challenging but told women not to fear but to come and serve the nation if they have a calling. There was drama when a male university graduate who had been shortlisted refused to undergo physical check and instead stormed out with his testimonials.

Onunga said the third year student of Egerton University who had scored A-(Minus) had his own pride. Another university graduate saw his dream to join the police falter after he was disqualified for having a mark on his chest.

Students who sat KCSE exams in 2010 at Kolanya Boys High were all disqualified owing to lack of original certificates. KNEC came under criticisms for its failure to return the certificates after they recalled them over some discrepancies.

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