On Wednesday the Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i at the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) headquarters at Mtihani House stated “We cannot condemn the lives of our children and, therefore, we must address these irregularities as they are eroding our credibility. We will do whatever it takes to ensure that the issue of irregularities is addressed, everybody must be held accountable and take their duties seriously,” said the CS.
Matiang’i also expressed concerns over a decline in the performance of public schools in KCPE exams after they recorded a seven-point drop from an average mark of 187.58 in 2014 to 180.87 in 2015.
Reports indicate that private schools recorded a slight increase from an average mark of 229.94 in 2014 to 230.14 in 2015.
However the examination which was done by 927,789 candidates was hit by irregularities, attributed to the candidates’ poor preparation due to the five-week teachers’ strike at the beginning of third term.
The exams also saw a total of 2,709 candidates involved in cases of cheating, an increase from 1,702 last year.
The counties which had cases of irregularities are Meru (218), Wajir (187), Garissa (170), Homa Bay (156), Kitui (128), Turkana (125), West Pokot (124), Kakamega (191), Nairobi (111), Kisii (106), Bomet (88), Kisumu (75), Nakuru (72), Bungoma (71), Kericho (65), Samburu (61), Machakos (56), Baringo (54), Migori (53), Trans Nzoia (51), Nyandarua (41), Nyamira (38), Murang’a (37), Nandi (34), Narok (26), Embu (26), Isiolo (19), Kwale (17), Makueni (16), Lamu (13), Laikipia (12), Tharaka Nithi (5), and Vihiga (1).
According to KNEC, no ranking of schools and candidates for the KCPE examinations was done since the ranking system was banned by the Ministry of Education.
KNEC Chief Executive Officer Joseph Kivilu had earlier noted that despite a few challenges witnessed during the administration of the examination, credibility of the tests was not affected.
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