Wairia defies Matiang’i on county exams
Says withdrawing the tests will be a drawback as performance has improved
Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wairia has said his administration will continue administering county exams, despite a ban by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
He said he launched the free county exams programme in 2014 to improve dwindling education standards and standardise performance across the county. Wairia said the programme also aimed to ease parents’ burden of paying for mid-term and end-term exams.
He said withdrawing the exams would be a setback because there has been a “tremendous improvement” for the two years the programme has been operational. “Schools used to sit more than 30 exams before we came up with the harmonised one,” the governor said.
He said the programme has made it possible to monitor schools that lag behind and come up with measures to improve performance.
Wairia said the county logo will remain on the exam papers.
“These exams have provided a platform for fair competition among schools. The county’s overall performance has improved,” he said.
Speaking at Kangema town on Thursday, Wairia said the ban would affect students from poor backgrounds who used to be sent home frequently for not paying exam fees.