KMTC and KUCCPS Court Battle – KMTC Defends Move to Enroll Students Directly

KMTC Defends Move to Enroll Students Directly

The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) has defended itself against claims that it illegally planned to enroll students.

Director Peter Tum said it had advertised the planned enrolment of students where 15,350 applied and 3,721 were shortlisted.

Some were recruited and issued with admission letters ahead of the September 15 admission date.

Mr Tum said the college has an academic board that ensures that all academic courses meet the required criteria.

The director’s defence was lodged with the High Court sitting in Nakuru in response to a case by Mr David Mburu and Mr Anthony Thuita, who were selected by the Kenya University and Colleges Placement Services, but are yet to receive letters of admission from the medical college.

The duo, represented by lawyer Anthony Mukira, told Justice Maureen Odera that only the placement service could admit students.

BAD PRECEDENCE

Mr Mukira said the college enjoyed the backing of the parliamentary Committee on Health and risked setting a bad precedence since all government technical and vocational colleges and all public universities could seek to directly recruit students.

Placement services lawyer Yoni Aim sought to be enjoined as a party, saying it would be directly affected by the outcome of the case.

Chief executive John Muraguri said that on April 15, the college shortlisted 2,302 applicants and sent the names to the college to issue admission letters.

He said that the medical college could not interfere with the government-sponsored intake but was at liberty to advertise for the enrolment of parallel students.

The hearing is on September 9, 2015 as the college wants to be enjoined. – Daily Nation

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