MPs call for KCSE exam audit, ask Matiang'i to resign

Wednesday December 27 2017

Caleb Amisi and Mark Nyamita.

MPs Caleb Amisi (Saboti) and Mark Nyamita (Uriri) on December 27, 2017. They want Education CS Fred Matiang'i to resign and also want an audit of the 2017 KCSE exam. PHOTO | SAMWEL OWINO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Three MPs have written to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi seeking a special sitting to discuss the integrity of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

The MPs — Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Caleb Amisi (Saboti) and Walter Owino (Awendo) — said that the mass failure witnessed in the examination calls for an urgent probe and debate in Parliament.

“The results have exposed a shocking mass failure by candidates, a phenomenon never witnessed before in our country.

"Mr Speaker, this outcome has visited misfortune and shame on the candidates, their parents and the entire nation.

"The cries of parents and dwindled hopes of candidates whose fate has been confined to the ugliest corners of history by this utterly discriminatory, and indecipherably archaic marking and grading system, must not be treated lightly,” the letter to the Speaker dated December 27 reads.

“On this basis, we implore you to recall honourable Members of Parliament from recess for a special sitting of the House, pursuant to Standing Order number 29, to debate the 2017 KCSE results,” the MPs said in the letter.

However, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale told off the MPs, accusing them of failing to understand the procedure of requesting the Speaker to recall the House.

“It’s only the Leader of Majority or Minority who can write to the Speaker on recalling of Parliament on a matter of national importance.

"The Speaker, if satisfied, will then gazette the special sitting day and agenda. Saboti and Uriri MPs must read the standing orders first,” he tweeted.

The legislators have also called for the resignation of Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i within seven days, failing which they will move an impeachment motion against him when Parliament resumes in February.

The lawmakers have, at the same time, called for a comprehensive report from the Kenya National Examinations Council over the results, which they say should be followed by another audit by international exam experts.

They accuse Dr Matiang’i of releasing raw results, which have not been standardised, leading to mass failure of students.

“We cannot condemn our children to a bleak future just because Dr Matiang’i is in a hurry to release results,” Mr Nyamita said at a press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday.

“As parents, we are not in a hurry with the future of our children; we’d rather take long to release results but have everything right,” Mr Nyamita added.

The MPs accused Dr Matiang’i of interfering with the independence of the Kenya National Examinations Council.

“This man Matiang’i is all over; he wants to even manage independent institutions that are supposed to deal with examination issues,” Mr Owino said.