Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has come out to reveal how he transformed his D- (minus) grade in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to a bachelor’s degree.
The governor discloses that he skipped one year of school because his parents could not afford to have him enroll in Form One.
In court documents seen by the Standard, the governor says that he sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) at Tom Mboya Primary School in 1988 and schooled at home for a whole year, before joining Serani Secondary School in 1990. He sat his KCSE exam in 1993 and scored a mean grade of D- (minus).
“Owing to the fact that neither I nor my parents could afford or raise the fee required for me to join secondary school in 1989, I stayed out of school that year doing odd or menial jobs to eke out a living,” he says in a sworn affidavit.
He further reveals that he registered for a pre-university course at Kampala University that gave him a note to undertake a certificate course.
He goes on to say that pursued and obtained a certificate course in business administration in 2008, paving the way for him pursue a diploma course in human resource management in the same institution in 2009.
“Having satisfied the requirements prescribed by the Senate for the award of degree of bachelor of business administration, I was admitted to the degree on February 28, 2013,” he states.
The outspoken County boss attached copies of his academic papers and transcripts as he seeks to fight off claims that he forged his academic papers to enroll for a parallel degree at the University of Nairobi (UoN).
And on Saturday, it emerged that Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi had sanctioned investigations, when he was the Education Cabinet Secretary, into circumstances under which Joho obtained admission to the UoN, an investigation that cleared the Governor.
“That through my own personal effort and investigation, I have received information that shows the UoN conducted an internal investigation on the matter on or about 2014 and could find no reasonable basis upon which to indict me of any wrong doing,” says Joho.