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Daily Nation : February 18th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday February 18, 2014 NYERI | County claims selection rules were not followed Replacement of Form Ones in Nyeri halted Education ministry and Nyeri County agree to put on hold replacements BY ERIC MUTAI Mutai_eric email@example.com R eplacement of Form One admissions in Nyeri County has been halted indefinitely to await the outcome of a case in court. The Nyeri County govern- ment, which filed the case to challenge the selection, the Education ministry and the Ombudsman yesterday entered an agreement at the Nyeri High Court for the postponement. The replacement was to begin yesterday. “We have agreed to halt it because that will benefit the students who are not in any school pending settlement or hearing and determination of the case,” said Ms Terry Gathagu, a state counsel. The judge had dismissed the ministry’s application to declare the court lacked power to listen to the case and that the petition was filed contrary to Inter-Governmental Relations Act. The Act says the national and county governments should take reasonable measures to resolve disputes amicably before going to court. WHAT’S ALLEGED Quota rules ‘were flouted’ Day Schools: The county claimed ome students who scored 351 marks in KCPE have been admitted to day secondary schools started two years ago. Gender confusion: Some boys were selected to join secondary schools for girls and have not reported. Quota: The admission quota rules were not followed in the county. The county government had argued that it was only acting on behalf of students who could not afford to go to court to challenge violation of their constitutional rights. The county sued the sued the Education Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary claiming the Form One selection guidelines had not been followed in the county. “The issues are extremely urgent as some students with 351 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education have been admitted to day secondary schools started two years ago,” argued Mr Wahome Gikonyo, lawyer for the county. Schools for girls Some boys were selected to join secondary schools for girls and had not reported, he further submitted. The county had raised mat- ters touching on children’s right to education, he argued, adding that some of the learners were stressed. Hearing will continue on March 17 if the parties will not have found a solution. SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION Students visit the Horticultural Crops Development Authority stand at Egerton University in Njoro yesterday. President Kenyatta will today launch soil test results and flag off subsidised fertiliser at the university. County News 21 AGRICULTURE | Uhuru to attend fair BRIEFLY NAKURU Five jailed for forcefully taking politician’s land Five people have been jailed for six months each for invading land belonging to former Kanu powerful politician, Rift Valley Water Services executive chairman Geoffrey Asanyo. A magistrate found Mr Geoffrey Angwenyi, Mr Benson Makori, Mr Andrew Obaga, Mr Alfred Omare and Mr Andrew Nyamwarothem guilty of forcefully taking possession of the land and illegally occupying it. The magistrate noted that the five had defied attempts to remove them for the land. They were alternatively fined Sh100,000 each. BARINGO Elders urged to help recover 600 animals Officials in Baringo South have stepped up efforts to recover animals stolen by raiders. More than 600 animals have been stolen in the area since December. Baringo County Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai held a meeting with chiefs from Tiaty sub-county at Chepkalacha and said the government would not relent until all the stolen animals were returned. “We call on elders from the warring communities to help in the peace efforts by urging their people to surrender animals that are not theirs,” he said.
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