Uhuru notes drop in KCSE 2016 performance, says exercise was credible

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today lauded Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i for delivering credible 2016 KCSE results, noting that there was a significant in this years’ performance.

In a statement to newsrooms, the Head of State said the 2016 results had a normal performance curve – a clear indication that the examinations marking and final results are credible.

President Uhuru further directed Education CS Fred Matiangi to speed up the implementation of the Education Information Management System as it would ensure that education data in the country is accurate, current and available to facilitate decision making and deployment of resources.

He emphasized that there was no room for sliding back on the ongoing reforms, saying no effort should be spared in ensuring the Ministry eradicates wastage and bureaucratic inertia.

The President directed that with effect from 2017, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) should cease the use of index numbers, and instead ensure all registered examination candidates have unique personal identifiers (UPIs) in Student Registration Numbers (SRNs) that they will use throughout their presence at all levels in the Kenya education system.

He also ordered the Ministry of Education and all its partners and agencies, including the Teachers Service Commission, to ensure they complete a comprehensive digitisation of all their records and programmes within the next one year.

President Kenyatta also assured candidates of the 2016 KSCE that whatever results they got, there was still hope and possibility to make it to their career of choice.

The report was presented to the President by Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Matiangi, Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, KNEC Chairman Prof George Magoha, Teachers Service Commission Chairperson Dr Lydia Nzomo and CEO Nancy Macharia.

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