Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has on Monday (9/1/17) vowed he will not cowed in the war against exam cheating, saying he will not be distracted by those bashing ongoing reforms in the sector.
“The ministry will not be distracted by the prophets of doom who want us to return to the past unethical practices that allowed children of the rich to access stolen exams,” said Matiang’i.
His remarks come a day after the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) defended a report confirming massive irregularities in the marking of the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
The Education CS expressed his concern during a ceremony to award scholarships to 1,700 students who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) 2016 examinations courtesy of the Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly programme.
Matiang’i warned his opposers that the Ministry will remain focused on discharging its mandate regardless of obstacles.
“The same forces that led choruses of despondence are about town with a new song! Ignore them as you did in the past and let us prepare our children – this wonderful gift of God to us. The school calendar has started, let us remain focused and resist distraction, and insist on doing the right thing to the glory and honour of our God,” he said.
Equity Bank CEO, James Mwangi, commended Matiang’i for ensuring the integrity of both exams was safeguarded.
“When you distort the mechanism of opportunity allocation in the country, the country cannot stand on its own,” noted Mr Mwangi.
On Sunday (8/1/17) KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion pointed out that the same marking procedure was applied uniformly across all subjects including sciences and humanities.
“Is it natural that we have 50,000 girls at C+ and above and boys drastically reduce to 38,000 statistically compared to last year which is vice versa. You miss one single step, you mess up everything. It is creating gender discrimination. We are not saying we should discriminate against any gender,” he said.
Sossion called for an immediate forensic audit to correct the situation as soon as possible.