Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang has dismissed calls to remark the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams following the significant drop in performance that was witnessed.
Speaking at the annual launch of Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly education sponsorship program, Dr Matiang’i stated that the results were credible adding that they would continue enacting reforms in the education centre.
“We were severely criticised for the strict education reforms we instituted….Prophets of doom won’t stop us from levelling ground for all children no matter tribe and region, ” Matiang’i affirmed.
The Education CS also announced that they would present the proposed new curriculum to stakeholders soon.Matiang’i’s announcement comes after the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) on Friday called for the results of the 574,125 candidates, who sat for the 2016 exams, to be cancelled.
Through KNUT Secretary-General <strong>Wilson Sossion</strong>, the teachers claimed that after thorough investigations, they had discovered that due process was not followed in marking and releasing of the 2016 results.
“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,” Mr Sossion affirmed.
In the letter addressed to the Office of the President and Speakers of both National Assembly and Senate, KNUT is demanding the results to be moderated appropriately considering the abnormalities they discovered.
“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,” part of the letter read.
In last year’s KCSE results, only 88,929 candidates scored C+ and above.