The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) now wants results for all 2016 candidates who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations recalled immediately.
KNUT says following a few days of examinations and meeting with inspectors conveyed to oversee and stamp the examinations, it is convinced that due procedure was not followed in marking and releasing the exams.
As per the Standard, the union leadership contends that the results released last month do not reflect the true performance of the candidates, citing clear breaches of marking processes that were overlooked by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).
“We were shocked at the curve. It is not a normal curve. So we launched investigations as a union and we have consulted widely, even inside government, and the narrative is the same – that these results are not a true reflection of the candidates’ performance,” said KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion.
The union has looked for the intercession of Parliament in its journey to have the examinations reviewed and subjected to the skipped processes.
“We hereby, honestly and in the spirit of patriotism to the country demand immediate recall of KCSE results and be taken through a due process of moderation and grading appropriately by chief examiners at the subject level,” reads the letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly Justin Bundi and JM Nyegenye of the Senate.
Only 141 students scored a straight A in the 2016 exam, a 94 per cent decline from 2015 when 2,685 students scored an A.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i who released the shocking results, reported that no results were cancelled as compared to 2015 when 5,000 didn’t receive their outcomes because of irregularities.