Machogu Face MPs as Parent Sue KNEC over KCPE Results Error
On Thursday, Ezekiel Machogu will appear before members of parliament regarding the discrepancies that have arisen in the results of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) for 2023.
David Njengere, chief executive officer of the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec), will also testify before the National Assembly Education Committee regarding the KCPE results.
The House team is investigating the inconsistencies in this year’s KCPE results, including instances in which some institutions received comparable grades while others failed to meet the standards.
Committee chair Julius Melly stated that they had directed the Cabinet Secretary and Knec officials to appear before the committee and provide detailed information on the situation. He expressed concern, mentioning that the current situation seemed worse compared to the confusion experienced last year, which had also undergone extensive investigation.
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Melly expressed his disappointment, stating that despite the thorough probe into last year’s KCPE results, they were still confronted with a saddening development. However, he emphasized the committee’s commitment to ensuring that the issue is resolved.
During the plenary session, Gitonga Mukunji, a member of parliament from Manyatta, moved for an adjournment motion in order to allow the House to deliberate on the subject.
He reaffirmed in his motion that students were experiencing discrimination and that legislators needed to address the matter definitively.
A court is currently hearing a case concerning the KCPE results, in which parents from two institutions are attempting to obstruct the selection process for Form One.
In a case lodged on Monday, two parents whose children were candidates at Set Greenhill Academy Mixed Day and Boarding and Junior School and Kitengela International School questioned how Knec graded and marked KCPE.
They claimed that Knec had awarded low grades to the students, asserting that this was unprecedented for both the educational establishments and the pupils.
The court documents stated that the majority of students at Kitengela International achieved grades of 400 or higher on their academic assessments. On the other hand, national examination results revealed that KCPE candidates earned 358 points or less.
Knec has been informed in a letter by Kitengela International that the outcomes were not an accurate reflection of the candidates’ actual scores.
Numerous parents nationwide have voiced their dissent regarding the outcomes of the November 23 examination and have attributed the irregularities to KNEC.
Previously, Knec acknowledged the irregularities and disclosed that it had been the recipient of appeals regarding errors in results acquired via the shortcode 40054, which the Ministry of Education had supplied.
Knec CEO David Njengere issued the following statement:
“It was brought to the attention of Knec that results for some candidates had a misalignment of the marks and grades in Kiswahili as they were placed at the Kenyan Sign Language,” read a statement from Knec CEO David Njengere.
A parent whose son attended Moi Primary School Kabarak, Nakuru, and participated in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), has joined a group of litigants attempting to compel the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to remark and re-tabulate the recently concluded examinations.
Moses Mbego, represented by lawyer Danstan Omari, filed a lawsuit against KNEC and Education CS Ezekiel Machogu on Wednesday, alleging that his son’s academic ability was not accurately reflected in the recently released KCPE results.
There is no reasonable explanation, according to Omari, for why Mbego’s son earned lower grades than in the past.
Omari asserted that the examining body was squandering the prospects of candidates, who are currently bemoaning the grades they were not deserving of, in his opinion.
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Omari stated, “Unfortunately, it appears that the second respondent (KNEC) is determined to destroy the future of Kenyan children.”
The lawyer noted that the Nakuru-based institution has been among the highest-performing schools in the nation for the past three years.
He characterized the abrupt drop of more than one hundred points in the grades of the school’s candidates as peculiar.
Omari asserted that the candidates had satisfactorily concluded the curriculum and were well-prepared for the examination.
In his corroborating affidavit, Mbego criticized the grading process, claiming it was hastily executed and that the released results contained significant irregularities.
Mbego pleaded with the court to take into account the commotion caused by teachers, students, and the general public after the exam results were revealed. He alleged that the commotion was triggered by significant irregularities in the marking of the exams, expressing dissatisfaction with the manner in which his child’s papers were graded on the recently released KCPE.
Parents of Set Greenhill Academy and Kitengela International School have separately petitioned the court, alleging significant irregularities.
The majority of Kitengela International students’ parents informed the court in the petition they submitted that they had received grades of 400 or higher on their prior exams. The most recent national examination results, however, revealed that its students earned 358 or fewer points.
Unfortunately, the school informed KNEC in a letter that the results did not accurately reflect the true performance of its students.
Omari requested that the court halt the form-one placement exercise pending the resolution of the case.
Omari said the integrity of the marking process has been called into question due to widespread irregularities in the results of the 2023 KCPE exams.
Machogu Face MPs as Parent Sue KNEC over KCPE Results Error