The Legal Education Tribunal in a ruling dated 16th December 2022, Appeal no. E026 OF 2022 ruled in favor of Mr Isaiah Munoru Mucheke. The tribunal was chaired by Rose Njoroge Mbanya, other members were Eunice Arwa, Raphael Wambua Kigamwa and Stephen Gitonga Mureithi
Kenya School of Law under the leadership of Dr Henry Kibet Mutai as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman Prof. Joseph Mworia Wamutiti was recently caught flat-footed when they declined to admit a student to pursue his Advocates Training Programme despite him meeting all the requirements.
Sources at the school revealed to The Weekly Vision how the School of Law was then pushed by The Legal Education Tribunal into cancelling an order they had issued declining the admission of Isaiah Munoru Mucheke to the Advocates Training Programme during the 2022/23 academic year. In a ruling dated 16th December 2022, the tribunal APPEAL NO. E026 OF 2022 chaired by Rose Njoroge Mbanya together with other members namely Eunice Arwa, Raphael Wambua Kigamwa and Stephen Gitonga Mureithi ruled in favour of Mr Mucheke.
The ruling reads in part “That the decision of the Director of the Kenya School of Law dated the 25th April, 2022 declining the appellant’s application to the Advocates Training Programme as communicated by Dr. H. K. Mutai Director of the Kenya School of Law is quashed”.
The tribunal further gave orders that the appellant be admitted to the Advocates Training Programme forthwith. According to the tribunal, Mucheke is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and met the minimum qualification for admission to ATP as provided in law. His application was however rejected through a letter which reads in part “It is regretted that your application was not successful for admission due to the following reason(s): Does not meet the high school qualifications for admission to study law”.
Mr Mucheke then appealed against this decision via a letter dated 28th March 2022 addressed to the Director/Chief Executive Officer of Kenya School of Law which appeal was responded to via a letter dated 3rd April 2022 by Kenya School of Law. Mucheke then appealed and Kenya School of Law again rejected his appeal via a letter dated 25th April 2022. The letter reads in part “It is regretted that your application was not successful for admission due to the following reason(s):
English D+; Kiswahili B-(minus) does not meet the high minimum KCSE grades.” According to Mucheke, he searched for the minimum admission requirements for a Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of Nairobi and found that one of the minimum requirements was “a degree in any field from a University recognized by the Senate. The tribunal reported that Mucheke met the qualification criteria set out in the law for admission to the undergraduate LL.B degree course at the University of Nairobi as it existed in 2018.