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Frustration as KCSE results arrive without ranking

03 March 2015, 13:24 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - There was clear frustration from students and parents alike as the 2014 KCSE results were released without ranking of both students and schools.

The government has abolished ranking in national exams, as it believes that the chase for top spots from schools directly leads to cheating thanks to the competition.

It also believes that the decision will ensure fairness as many schools in the country are disadvantaged and cannot be compared to others that have far better facilities in a normal ranking scheme.

Thus, the usual pomp and colour of the results release was dampened, as Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi tried his best to convince that the lack of ranking was a stroke of genius from the government.

" The lack of ranking will remain in force. Many schools are disadvantaged as compared to others which have far better facilities and it is unfair to rank them," he said upon releasing the results Tuesday in Nairobi.

The usual suspects, the Alliance High Schools and Starehe Boys Centres will thus miss out on the national limelight afforded to them by the ranking and their perennial good performance.

The best students too will not be highlighted. Good news for the failures.

Good or bad?

Kaimenyi thinks it is good for the individual and not collective as has been the norm.

" It will now be about the individual performance and not what it was, which was heap pressure on students and teachers to get grades and lift the profile of schools," he added.

Those interviewed by News24 though, felt that the move denies the best their chance to shine and fails to reward the hard workers and strong performers.

" It is a bad move because the best performers, those who have sleepless nights will not be seen and noted, which is sad, Vincent Ogutu," a Nairobi parent said.

" It is wrong. The schools lose out because they nurture the students. They deserve some mention, Alice Njeri also from Nairobi said.

As far as Kaimenyi and his bosses are concerned though, it is about the masses, not the privileged few.

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