Friday 24th November, Kitui
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) are on the spot after parents, teachers and students raised a red flag on what they claim to be wrong results.
Students from at least three schools allegedly received results which did not reflect their performance, prompting them to write to KNEC to complain over the same.
KNEC was forced to admit errors and corrected the results
The schools include Olympic Primary School in Nairobi’s Kibra area.
At Olympic Primary for instance, Yvonne Kawiria received 384 marks when the results were released by Matiang’i on Tuesday, November 21.
But teachers and parents detected a sharp drop in her Mathematics results and raised the alarm. They realised that a majority of candidates in the school had 51% and below in the subject. This, according to them, did not reflect the students’ ability in the subject.
They wrote to KNEC to inquire over the same. To their surprise, KNEC admitted a computer error while keying the results and rectified.
Kawiria’s performance reflected she scored 416 marks in the exams. The best candidate scored 427 marks More than 10 pupils had more than 400 marks. Celebrations erupted.
The same incident was witnessed at Mt. Longonot primary school in Naivasha. Science results had errors and when an alarm was raised, KNEC quickly rectified and sent back the correct results.
Six schools in Siaya county raised a similar alarm regarding their Kiswahili and English results. Top candidates had 51% in the subjects. KNEC had to admit errors and sent in the correct results.
This comes after KNEC boss George Magoha while releasing the results said this time round the examinations body had ensured there were no errors and they did not expect any complaints.
Asked about the errors, Magoha on Thursday, November 23, said they were as a result of the machines used.
Parents and teachers now have fears that many more students may have received results that do not reflect their abilities.
They blame this on the hurry in making the results available since Matiang’i became CS for education.