We will deliver credible examinations – KNEC

Students sitting for KCSE exams
File image of students sitting national exams.

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has assured Kenyans that it will deliver credible examinations results this year.

The Chairman of the Council, Prof. George Magoha, said the new council will do everything possible to give every Kenyan child a chance to succeed.

“Cheating turns a child into a thief,” said Prof. Magoha.

He was speaking to the executive officials of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) during a dinner organized by the Ministry of Education at the Sarova White Sands Hotel Monday evening.

He asked the officials to support the efforts the government had made to guard against fraud in the administration of examinations.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, re-affirmed government’s commitment to deliver credible examinations and a credible environment.

“Rise up with focus, commitment and deliver credible results for our children,” Dr. Matiang’i told the officials.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Training and Research, Sabina Chege, urged the principals to support government determination to safeguard the credibility and integrity of the administration of examinations.

“Protect the future of our children. The reputation of our nation,” Chege told the Principals, noting that Parliament was ready to support them.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Dr. Julius Jwan, said the institute, in conjunction with stakeholders in Education, had developed curriculum framework and learning areas to provide the basis of designing the curriculum, syllabus, and curriculum materials.

He said the curriculum reform the government was undertaking will create a competitive education system.

He said the sets of skills that the sector ought to develop in the learners require that teachers in the service be re-trained, and undertake professional development on continuous basis.

“Pre-service training of teachers in Teachers Training institutions will also be reformed,” Dr. Jwan, noted, saying the realignment was necessary to produce a teacher with the capacity to implement a competence based curriculum in basic education institutions.

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