Let Knec do better job even as it releases results in record time

Monday December 4 2017

What was the reason for speeding up the release of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results?

The complaints being written about or aired in the media indicate that the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) did not do quite a good job.

However, Kenyans are grateful to Education CS Fred Matiang’i and Knec chairman George Magoha for their efforts to end the fraud that has been national exams for decades.

There are reports that some schools and pupils got wrong marks. Some results sent by the council on the short text code differed from those in the transcripts. Olympic Primary School in Nairobi and several other institutions in Nakuru and Siaya are clear examples.

Knec has been quick to correct some of these anomalies while others are yet to be addressed.

IGNORANCE

Obviously, many will not be corrected due to ignorance on the part of the pupils, their parents or through Knec’s deficiencies and ineptitude of its employees. The candidates and parents may also be intimidated into silence.

Where does this leave the pupils? It means the learners might not be admitted to the secondary schools of their choice, shattering their dreams.

As much as we are addressing exam cheating and other malpractices, the council should also be thorough in its work.

There should be no hurry to release the KCPE results.

ENROLMENT

Had Knec been given another two weeks to scrutinise the KCPE exam outcome, Kenyans, especially the children, would not be treated to the agony we are witnessing.  

It would mean releasing the results around Jamhuri Day, which would still give parents sufficient time to prepare for their children’s enrolment to Form One.

Last year, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) test scripts were marked in a hurry, resulting in many anomalies.

Let us hope Dr Matiang’i or whoever will be in charge of the Education Ministry will not make similar mistakes this year and in future.

MARTIN MUYA, Nairobi.

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The quick release of the 2017 KCPE exam results gives parents enough time to plan for the children and the December festivities.

The decision to use technology in marking scripts was well-thought out.

The number of children being enrolled in primary and secondary schools has gone up exponentially. Chances of one making it to university or college have also increased.

The Education ministry has pledged to distribute textbooks to schools next year.

It is another feather to the ministry’s cap as it rolls out reforms in this critical sector of the country’s economy.

The initiative will ease the burden from parents regarding the purchase of books usually overpriced by sellers and publishers.

ROBERT MBEYA, Nairobi.