Lamu, KENYA: This year’s Prison Warders Recruitment exercise in Lamu has been reported to have experienced a very poor turnout due to low grades.
Officers conducting the exercise both in Lamu West and East sub counties have decried the low number of people who turned up for the recruitment exercise.
The Wednesday exercise targeted a total of 15 candidates where 6 vacancies were for Lamu East and 9 for Lamu West.
The conducting officers were forced to reduce the recruitment pass mark from a grade D+ at KCSE to a D plain since most of those who turned up didn’t qualify.
One of the conducting officers who spoke to Baraka FM said there was need for locals to pursue secondary school education as many who turned up were primary school dropouts.
“We targeted individuals with at least a D+ in KCSE but we were shocked to realize that most of those who turned up had a D plain and below. That’s why we had to reduce the grade to a D-Plain in order to get the targeted number,” said the officer.
In Lamu West, the recruitment pass mark had to be maintained at a D+ since many of those who up had scored beyond.
In Lamu East the exercise took place at the Faza grounds where six candidates,four males and two females were recruited while in Lamu West,the exercise went down at the Kibaki grounds where nine candidates,seven males and two females were recruited.
Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said the exercise was free and fair and that both genders were adequately represented.
Many however complained of not having prior knowledge of the exercise and claimed it was a deliberate strategy to lock them out.
On April 4 this, more than 70 youth were locked out of the Police Recruitment exercise at the Kibaki grounds on grounds of lateness.