Sossion wants 2017 KCSE results cancelled
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has condemned the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary of Education (KCSE) examination results released on Wednesday saying they are not credible.
In a statement issued on Thursday, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion asked the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to recall the KCSE results without further delay to allow for thorough auditing and moderation.
“The results are not credible at all, they are irregular and most disastrous exam in the Kenya history, and do not meet the international standards of measurements and evaluation. The results have destroyed the future of many children and hopes of many families and they are bound to destroy our public universities,” reads the statement in part.
He added: “It is shameful as a nation that we are unable to supply the required 95,000 students as per existing vacancies in our universities, we can only supply 70,000. What happens with the remaining 25,000 available spaces, are all over 600,000 candidates total zombies?”
Sossion claims that the examination body did not follow due process before the release of the results.
“In order to correctly assign correct grades to the raw marks by the Chief Examiner and Team Leaders, due process has to be followed to the latter which include moderation. Matiang’i cannot hurry the release of results without a proper audit and celebrate mass failure of students,” said Sossion.
Of the 615,772 candidates who sat this year’s KCSE exam, only 70,073 attained the university entry grade of C+ and above compared to 88,929 the previous year. In 2016, 577,253 candidates wrote the KCSE exam.
In this year’s exam, 540,428 candidates scored between grade E and C plain compared to 482,232 last year.
Meanwhile, activist Okiya Omtatah has filed a case seeking to have the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) compelled to release certified copies of the marked answer sheets of each candidate who sat the 2017 KCPE and KCSE exams.
Omtatah wants the documents released to each school or examination centre which fielded candidates.
He argues that by not releasing the marked answer sheets to candidates through their respective schools where they sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) or the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (KCSE), KNEC variously violates the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.
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