Wairia defies Ma­tiang’i on county ex­ams

Says with­draw­ing the tests will be a draw­back as per­for­mance has im­proved

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

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.

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