KUPPET opposes return of school ranking in exams

September 5, 2016 5:55 pm
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KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori said the government should instead come up with a check list of schools detailing facilities/FILE
KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori said the government should instead come up with a check list of schools detailing facilities/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education (KUPPET) on Monday opposed the return of school ranking in national examinations, arguing the institutions don’t have uniform facilities.

KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori said the government should instead come up with a check list of schools detailing facilities.

Overview
  • KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori said the government should instead come up with a check list of schools detailing facilities.
  • “You cannot rank considering that schools do not have the same facilities and they are not at the same level,” he complained.
  • According to Misori, school ranking was an unfair competition in consideration that schools in the country do not enjoy equal amenities.

“You cannot rank considering that schools do not have the same facilities and they are not at the same level,” he complained.

According to Misori, school ranking was an unfair competition in consideration that schools in the country do not enjoy equal amenities.

In his view, some schools are highly disadvantaged and do not stand chances of getting recognition in the ranking system which celebrates high performance in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations irrespective of factors and concerns raised by critics of the exam ranking system.

“What should be there is a competition of competences’ to help legislate if schools have proper facilities to check the number of students in a class, number of teachers and other basic requirements to ensure an equal level of competition.

Speaking to the press in Kisumu during a meeting between the Teachers Service Commission and KUPPET national officials, Misori pointed out that the teacher pupil ratio should be prioritized by the government.

He said ranking will lead to exam irregularities since teachers and students concentrate on results consequently hampering negatively on the quality of education.

On December 29, 2014, Kenya changed its long tradition after the government scrapped the controversial exam ranking system.

READ: New era as govt does away with exam ranking

However on August 4, Members of Parliament passed the Kenya National Examinations Council (amendment) Bill 2016 to support the reintroduction of ranking of schools’ performance in national examinations.

The system will feature in future examinations after the President signed the bill into law on August last Wednesday.

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