NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has directed Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi and the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to appear before the Committee on Education next Wednesday to explain failure to rank Maranda High School in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination results.
This is after Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, Aldai MP Cornelly Serem and Rarieda legislator Nicholas Gumbo prompted Temporary Speaker Moses Cheboi to direct the House to conduct a comprehensive probe into the matter.
The MPs claimed the committee had submitted an unsatisfactory statement and asked the matter be referred back to the committee, where they will have an avenue to interrogate Kaimenyi and KNEC Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga.
The MPs said the duo was in a better position to provide answers to their concerns.
Namwamba and Gumbo also demanded that Kaimenyi reveal the kind of irregularities that led to the cancellation of Computer Studies results for 23 students.
“This is not a small matter. We are dealing with the reputation and integrity of a national school. What were the examinations supervisors doing? Some people must have slept on the job then some people have woken up and blame the students for cheating,” said Namwamba.
The Budalangi MP had requested for a statement regarding the school’s failed ranking when results were released last week.
“The chairman of this committee is not the right person to respond to this issue. We should interrogate the Cabinet Secretary and the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya National Examinations Council,” said Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo (ODM).
Education Committee Vice-Chairman Melly Kibiwott said cheating eroded public confidence in national examinations.
“An irregularity is an irregularity. The students are known to have colluded and cheated in Computer Studies Paper 1. A report on the cancellation has been sent to the school and the exam supervisor for Siaya County,” said Melly.
KNEC did not rank Maranda, a top-performing school in recent years, after Computer Studies results of 23 students were cancelled because students were involved in exam irregularities.