Exam marking will be fair and credible – CS Matiang’i

November 17, 2016 9:56 am
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"Take it from me, frankly, when you see me at the containers (where exam papers are stored) at 5am in the morning, you cannot imagine that we are going to drop the ball at marking. We are going to manage that too with military precision and we will make sure it is done effectively," he said/COURTESY-SAMUEL SIRINGI
“Take it from me, frankly, when you see me at the containers (where exam papers are stored) at 5am in the morning, you cannot imagine that we are going to drop the ball at marking. We are going to manage that too with military precision and we will make sure it is done effectively,” he said/COURTESY-SAMUEL SIRINGI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has assured school heads that the process of marking exams will be fair and that students will get credible grades.

Speaking to school principals Thursday morning as he dispatched the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam papers at Wamagana in Tetu and Nyeri town, Matiang’i explained that officers will deliver according to the new regulations set by the ministry.

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  • Speaking to school principals Thursday morning as he dispatched the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam papers at Wamagana in Tetu and Nyeri town, Matiang'i explained that officers will deliver according to the new regulations set by the ministry.
  • He also applauded teachers for their commitment in ensuring exams run smoothly noting that there will be no room for fooling around in the education sector.

He also applauded teachers for their commitment in ensuring exams run smoothly noting that there will be no room for fooling around in the education sector.

“Take it from me, frankly, when you see me at the containers (where exam papers are stored) at 5am in the morning, you cannot imagine that we are going to drop the ball at marking. We are going to manage that too with military precision and we will make sure it is done effectively,” he said.

He emphasised all efforts will be made to ensure that the marking process is above board.

“There is no room for jokes this time because we must make sure that our children get the grades the lord shall make sure they get. Honest, genuine, credible grades. That is how we can move forward together,” he stated.

He also thanked the teachers unions for working together with them during this exam period where he urged them to continue supporting them to restore education integrity in the country.

“I want to thank the union leaders. Usually we are never together in these kind of circumstances, but God is so good to us. Now we are speaking a common language and this is the way we are supposed to work in the interests of our children. No one is going to build this country for us. We will have to do it ourselves,” he noted.

Matiang’i made the statement even as the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination papers continues amid tight security to protect the integrity of the whole process.

More than 5,000 examiners are marking the papers in Nairobi, Murang’a and Kiambu with the results expected to be released before the end of the year.

A total of 952,473 candidates sat the examination between November 1 and 3 in 26,308 centres across the country.

State House also praised Matiang’i and his team for ensuring there was no cheating or leakage of the examination and for their efforts in maintaining the integrity of the KCSE process.

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