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Parents Protest at KNEC Offices as Agency Admits KCPE Results Blunder

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Parents Protest at KNEC Offices as Agency Admits KCPE Results Blunder

Dissatisfied parents, unhappy with their children’s performance in the recently released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), staged demonstrations in front of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) office.

Specifically, parents from a Kitengela school invaded the examinations body’s offices in Nairobi, alleging that their children had been assigned inaccurate results.

The parents inquired as they organized the demonstration as to why the school, known for its consistent success, had achieved such a dismal result on the national assessments.

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A parent, serving as a representative for others, expressed the view that what has occurred is a genuine injustice to the children of Kitengela International and, by extension, to children in other schools across the nation.

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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) had already petitioned the examiners for accountability regarding the documented errors during the national examinations, but the protesting parents put additional pressure on them.

In particular, David Obuon, secretary of the KNUT Kisumu Branch, requested that KNEC CEO David Njengere address the numerous concerns raised by parents.

The same parent who represented others also expressed concerns about the three-hour delay in SMS access to the results upon their release. They raised questions about whether the parents would receive refunds for the expenses incurred due to the delayed delivery of results and, if refunds were to be issued, who would be responsible for handling them.

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KNEC acknowledged on Friday that it had identified errors in the distribution of the results in response to concerns raised by a number of institutions and candidates. Then, KNEC urged dissatisfied parents to file complaints with the examination body.

Certain students reported missing grades in specific subjects, while others received results for exams they never took.

ALSO READ: KNUT Wants KNEC Held Responsible For KCPE Result Errors and Irregularities

The following day, KNEC announced that it had taken steps to address some of the concerns raised by parents. KNEC clarified that configuration issues had affected only SMS results.

Additionally, the council revealed that only 133 candidates had their applications rejected due to poor grades in subjects like English and Kiswahili.

Furthermore, they stated that they have addressed all cases and appropriately updated the results for the affected candidates.

On Thursday, November 23, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announced the results, wherein the highest-scoring candidate obtained 428 points.

More than 1.4 million students took part in the national examinations, which started on November 30.

Parents Protest at KNEC Offices as Agency Admits KCPE Results Blunder

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