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KNUT demands recall of KCSE results

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Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has rubbished the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results on the basis that they have not undergone the required mandatory moderation, leading to mass failure of students.

In a statement to newsrooms, KNUT said that the move to release the results ‘prematurely’ was a “blunder of monumental propotion.”

“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 later which include moderation. We call on the Kenyan National Examination Council (KNEC) to recall the KCSE Exam Results without further delay to allow thorough auditing and moderation,” Secretary General Wilson Sossion said.

The body further argues that the results released are not credible at all. “ They are irregular and most disastrous exams in the Kenyan history and does not meet the international standards of measurement and evaluation,” continued the statement.

This comes at a time when (Kuppet) distanced itself from the results saying that the marking process was not yet over at the time Dr Matiang’i announced the results.

“We cannot hurry to release results without a proper audit and celebrate mass failure of students. The exam results have been released when other papers are still being marked,” Kuppet Secretary-General Akelo Misori alleged.

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The two unions were sidelined by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i during the release of the results at Nairobi School, in what is seen as fallout between the Ministry of Education and the teachers.

The ministry is yet to respond to the two unions.

NASA leader Raila Odinga has also called for the formation of a task force to investigate the mass failure registered in this year’s results.

Former Education Permanent Secretary Prof James ole Kiyiapi also says something does not add up in the results released on Wednesday.

“Over 600k students did KCSE in 2017, and those getting C+ and above are reported to be about 70k. This is the number qualified to join university. What happens to over 500k? Was exam too hard, quality of teaching too low? Something does not add up!” he posted on Twitter.

Here is KNUT’s statement in full:

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Editor and writer, Francis Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He holds a BSc in Communication and Journalism from Moi University and has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service. Email:[email protected]
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