KCSE Results Elicit Divergent Reactions from Kenyan Politicians

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The pronounced dominance of top performers from National and Extra County schools sparked further inquiries, with the legislators  emphasizing the need for the Directorate of Quality Assurance to conduct a rigorous investigation into curriculum delivery and resource allocation within county and sub-county schools.

Aggrey Namis, the esteemed National Second Vice Chair of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), has articulated unwavering endorsement for the directive issued by Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu

The release of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results has triggered a spectrum of responses from prominent political figures, highlighting areas of concern and prompting calls for action within the education sector.

MP Nabii Nabwera of Lugari Constituency expressed reservations regarding the Ministry of Education’s directives  for the 3,600 students who missed their exams due to unforeseen circumstances. While acknowledging the need for inclusivity, he urged the Ministry to establish comprehensive guidelines for the “progressive exams” system to safeguard against potential loopholes and ensure fairness.

MP Nabii Nabwera from Lugari Constituency.

Kesses MP Julius Ruto and Marakwet West MP Timothy Kipchumba voiced support for the Ministry’s decision to launch an investigation into the concerningly high number of E grades, particularly in county and sub-county schools. Echoing MP Nabwera’s concerns about the stark performance disparity, they called for a thorough examination of curriculum delivery within disadvantaged schools to identify possible factors contributing to the discrepancy.

The pronounced dominance of top performers from National and Extra County schools sparked further inquiries, with the legislators  emphasizing the need for the Directorate of Quality Assurance to conduct a rigorous investigation into curriculum delivery and resource allocation within county and sub-county schools.

This call highlights the persistent concerns about potential systemic inequalities hindering educational opportunities for certain student groups.

Marakwet West MP Timothy voiced support for the Ministry’s decision to launch an investigation into the concerningly high number of E grades

Adding to the complexity of the situation, over 4,000 candidates have had their results suspended due to suspected exam irregularities. Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has assured swift action, with  KNEC exam body tasked with completing investigations within 20 days. The involvement of 120 professionals in these malpractices underscores the critical need for stricter measures to uphold the integrity of the examination process.

Aggrey Namis, the  National Second Vice Chair of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), has articulated unwavering endorsement for the directive issued by Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu. This directive mandates the Directorate of Quality Assurance to undertake a comprehensive investigation into the over 28,000 instances of students who obtained an E grade in the recently disclosed 2023 KCSE results.

Namis reaffirmed the union’s resolute position on the matter, emphasizing, “Ensuring the credibility of examination results is of paramount importance. We wholeheartedly support the Cabinet Secretary’s decision to scrutinize the significant number of students who received E grades.”

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