Report on exams to be out next week, says Matiang’i

Dr Mataing’i said the report, which was supposed to have been released this week, had some issues that are still being addressed.

Thursday March 24 2016

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i addresses the media during the release of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results for 2015 in Nairobi on March 3, 2016. The government must take decisive action to ensure the integrity of Kenya’s national examinations and enhance the quality of education. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE |

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i addresses the media during the release of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results for 2015 in Nairobi on March 3, 2016. The government must take decisive action to ensure the integrity of Kenya’s national examinations and enhance the quality of education. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By OUMA WANZALA
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A report on management of national examinations will be released by next Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said.

Dr Mataing’i said the report, which was supposed to have been released this week, had some issues that are still being addressed.

“I will be working over the Easter holidays to ensure that the report in ready and submit it to President Uhuru Kenyatta as directed,” said Dr Mataing’i.

Speaking Wednesday in Nairobi at a breakfast meeting with journalists, the Cabinet Secretary said the report will be conclusive and will help to address irregularities that continue to be a threat to the credibility of national examinations in the country.

MARCH 31 DEADLINE

“I have held several meetings with Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on the issue and we are doing well so as to beat the President’s deadline of March 31,” he said.

Early this month, Dr Matiang’i hinted at a radical change in the way examinations are administered in the country.

The results of 5,101 candidates who sat the Form Four examination last year were cancelled for various malpractices while 171 people were arrested and charged in court for committing various offences related to the test.

Meanwhile, the Education CS hit out at teachers union leaders over their opposition to his impromptu visits to schools, insisting that he will continue with the practice.

He said asking him not to visit schools is like telling him not to go to Jogoo House, his workstation.

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