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Kenya’s Kuppet cries foul

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) has raised alarm bells over the 2016 final school examinations in the country (students write the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, or KCSE).

Kuppet executive secretary, Ndung’u Wangenye, says: “Markers marked papers from 04:00 to midnight and marked in too much of a hurry. “Some of us feel there was little moderation of the results, leading to only 141 As and a whopping 33 399 Es,” Wangenye says. The union’s assertions were made only months after a revamp of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) by the new KNEC chairperson, George Magoha.

Magoha says that he and his team discovered that the KNEC used the dubious practice of setting examinations years in advance and storing them, creating opportunities for exam papers to find their way into the hands of cartels that sold them to schools and parents. Magoha’s revamp also revealed that many schools rushed through the Form Three syllabus. In Form Four, teachers used leaked exam papers to drill candidates to produce the correct answers. In many schools, no actual teaching or learning was happening. 

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