Matiang’i outlaws multiple exam centres in a single school

December 2, 2016 4:37 pm
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Matiang'i said it was unethical for some private schools to have multiple exam centres - that of bright students and the weak - with the unethical aim of enabling them record favourable rankings in national examinations/MUTHONI NJUKI
Matiang’i said it was unethical for some private schools to have multiple exam centres – that of bright students and the weak – with the unethical aim of enabling them record favourable rankings in national examinations/MUTHONI NJUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – There will be no multiple examination centres in a single school, the Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiang’i has declared.

Matiang’i said it was unethical for some private schools to have multiple exam centres – that of bright students and the weak – with the unethical aim of enabling them record favourable rankings in national examinations.”

“This is a ridiculous examination malpractice since the proprietors of these schools are clearly using innocent pupils in an unscrupulous marketing exercise of their businesses,” the CS warned.

“As it were, these schools register weaker pupils at sister “satellite” examination centres so as not to lower the mean scores of their main “marketing” schools.

He said they had discovered the institutions normally offload ‘weaker’ pupils since they “usually have a small candidature of between 20 and 30 of their best candidates.”

“These abnormal centres are the ones that top charts whenever ranking for schools is done. Indeed some of these schools will be captured celebrating in our TV channels”

A total of 942,021 candidates sat the 2016 KCPE examination. Of these, 49.7pc were girls and 50.3pc boys.

“The analysis of candidature trends by gender in the last three years indicates that the percentage increase in the number of girls has consistently been higher than that of boys over this period,” he said.

Students who garnered between 301 marks and 400 marks are 207,141 at 21.75pc, those who range between 201 and 300 marks are 505,552 students at 52.66 pc.

Those who managed to get between 101 to 200 marks were 221,438 students at 23.25pc, while 6,747 garnered a 100 marks and below.

“I also wish to assure the public that all candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be admitted to national schools irrespective of their gender, region or centre. The Form One selection exercise will commence on December 9, 2016,” Matiang’i stated.

Candidates should therefore collect their results from their respective examination centres.

“Head teachers will be required to download and print the online results slips for candidates in their schools and authenticate them before they are released to parents, guardians or candidates,” he said.

It is the first time KCPE results have been released at the beginning of December, a move lauded by the Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion.

The release of the primary school examination results comes a day after secondary school candidates completed their KCSE examinations.

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