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Parents angered by ban on ranking of schools in exams

30 December 2014, 08:26 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The government's decision to abolish the ranking of pupils and schools in national examinations has sparked outrage among some parents, just after the release of the 2014 KCPE exam results.

The parents lashed out at Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi over the ban which they termed as unfair to best performing schools, teachers and candidates.

Wilson Wachiuri Kamanu, a parent at Nyeri Good Shepherd School said candidates should be allowed to celebrate fruits of their hard work.

“Parents are investing heavily in educating their children and after examinations they should be allowed to celebrate. I have paid premium for education and ranking is everywhere even in business,” said irate Kamanu.

He asserted that without ranking teachers will not work hard in classes because there will be no comparison of performances.

Nyeri Good Shepherd School was among the best schools having produced about 50 candidates with over 400 marks out of the possible 500 marks.

Kamanu’s daughter, Pauline Wakiuru Wachiuri was the best in the school with 437 marks with Kamanu stating that she was aspiring to be a neurosurgeon.

Also read: 2014 KCPE exam results released

However, Pauline did not join her parent in receiving the good news since she was in South Africa for holiday with her relatives.

Cynthia Gathoni, another candidate who scored 421 marks said she would like to be a paediatrician and was admiring to proceed with her education at Alliance Girls School.

“It is due to teachers and parents’ support that I managed to score good marks. I want to join Kenya High school and in life be a surgeon,” said Aidah Mugure a candidate who had 417 marks from the same school.

Parents accompanied by their children jammed the institution after it emerged that the school was among the best countrywide.

Kamanu’s sentiments were echoed by other parents who said that the ban was denying candidates an opportunity to be appreciated.

“Analysis and comparison is recommendable in every field. How will headmasters and principals query performance of teachers without ranking the respective candidates’ results? Parents make sacrifices to attain the best in education,” said the parents.

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