National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi on Saturday alleged the possibility of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam results, set to be released in the coming weeks being inaccurate.
While addressing the press, Wandayi noted the KCSE exam results could be marred by errors just like the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results which were tainted by reports of students receiving inaccurate results.
“Unless this issue is addressed, we should expect the worst when it comes to KCSE, I am not being an alarmist because I am a very responsible Kenyan but I can tell you,” Wandayi remarked.
“I am afraid that if we do not handle the issues surrounding the bungling of the last KCPE, we should be prepared for a similar or even worse thing.”
Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi (left) and politician Jeremiah Kioni Friday, February 10, 2023
Wandayi who took a swipe at the Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) led by Professor Julius Nyabundi called on KNEC to swiftly address the issues that led to the mismanagement of the KCPE exam results.
The Ugunja Member of Parliament further warned that failure to rectify the errors could land students and even the exam body into more problems.
In his speech, the MP also raised worries over the alleged existence of cartels within the Ministry of Education and KNEC.
He questioned the criteria used in awarding the tender to the company contracted to print the examination papers.
“These cartels must be stopped because if they are not stopped, the future of our education will be thrown in jeopardy,” Wandayi noted.
Wandayi’s remarks comes against the backdrop of CS Machogu’s sentiments defending the credibility of the KCPE exams.
While giving his presentation on Thursday before the Education Committee in Parliament, Machogu attributed the errors in KCPE exams to a company that was contracted to manage the QR code used for conveying the results.
Despite admitting errors, Machogu dismissed Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga’s claims that KNEC awarded the tender to print the exams to a local company.
“As a CS, I have learned lessons because you can see as a ministry, everything was right. Somebody we can call an outsider was given the contract but did not conform and do it to the required standard,” Machogu denoted.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu releasing the 2023 KCPE results at Mtihani House on November 23, 2023.
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