By Robert Wanyonyi
Bungoma County Education Officer Angelica Ouya said her office has received complaints from a section of applicants.
According to her, it is likely that the applicants come from outside Mt Elgon District that they were being denied a chance to sit for the interviews while others were chased away outright.
Responding to reports received by The Standard from the applicants, Ouya warned that stern action would be taken against those involved if the allegations turned out to be true.
“This was supposed to be an open exercise for all applicants from all parts of the country and it is against the Constitution for anyone to try to prevent an applicant from sitting for an interview. We will punish all those found to have been involved in such acts if the reports are established to be true,” warned Mrs Ouya.
The education boss added that her office has tried to make contact with some of the applicants and would, in response to this, send officials to the mentioned schools to commence investigations.
Among the complainants was Dennis Okoth who claimed to have been thrown out while the interviews were still ongoing.
He claimed that he was told that the advertised jobs were strictly reserved for residents of Mt Elgon District. “I returned to the school the following day which was the final day of the interviews and managed to convince the guard to allow me inside the school but the teacher spotted me and ordered me to leave immediately as I was not a resident of the area,” she said. Other candidates, Felix Simiyu and Godfrey Juma, reported having been kicked out when they attended the interviews.