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KCPE candidates get marks for subject not offered

03 January 2014, 16:12

Bungoma - The management of a public primary school in Bungoma County was shocked upon receiving KCPE results for their candidates when they discovered that the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) had assigned them results for the subject not offered at the school.

The Nabongo Junior Academy headmistress, Dorothy Saiya, said Knec had awarded candidates sign language marks yet the school neither offers the subject nor ever had any of its pupils with special needs since its inception.

“It is surprising for my 2013 KCPE candidates to be awarded sign language marks yet the school has never had any pupil with such special needs since its establishment,” said Saiya.

“This is an examination anomaly from Knec that requires satisfactory answer because it is demoralizing for both the staff and students to lose confidence, and the body degrades its credibility in delivering crucial national duties,” she added.

Saiya noted that she realized Knec’s anomaly upon requesting the candidates’ results via the SMS and learnt that all pupils lacked their Kiswahili marks but awarded marks for the initial KSL subject which she discovered it stood for Kenya Sign Language.

She lamented that although the school produced the best candidate in the county with a total of 432 marks, Knec’s controversial illegality had impacted negatively to the school’s morale. She called on the examination body to look into the matter and apologize for the anomaly.

Moreover, the administration of Sang’alo Central Academy, a public school, sadly missed a crucial chance to celebrate for its outstanding performance after the release of the KCPE results when Knec left it out from the list of the top five public schools nationally.

Josephat Serem, the school’s management committee Chairman wondered why the government sponsored school under the free primary education system with its staff from the Teachers Service Commission was not left out among the top five public schools with 388 points.

Serem called on Knec to rectify the anomaly and pay credit to the school for its remarkable performance to emerge among the top five public schools nationally to boost the institution’s morale and recognition against its competitors.

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