Get ready to sweat for A grades – Ma­tiang’i

‘It’s not busi­ness as usual. We should en­cour­age our chil­dren to work hard. Don’t let them get grades they have not worked for’

The Star (Kenya) - - News General - JOHN NALIANYA @jon­a­liash

There will be as much su­per­vi­sion and strict­ness in the mark­ing of ex­ams as was wit­nessed dur­ing su­per­vi­sion, Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i has said.

He said the sac­ri­fices made by prin­ci­pals and su­per­vi­sors dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of ex­ams will not be un­done at the mark­ing stage.

Ma­tiang’i spoke in Bun­goma town yes­ter­day. “I am warn­ing those mark­ing ex­ams not to drop the ball. We will not let the sac­ri­fices made go to waste,” he said.

Ma­tiang’i said prin­ci­pals had raised con­cerns their ef­forts to man­age ex­ams could be un­done.

“We will use the most strict meth­ods to con­duct the mark­ing of ex­ams and this will bring con­fi­dence to our new sys­tem of manag­ing ex­ams,” he said.

Ma­tiang’i said no ex­am­i­na­tions had been leaked this year.

He urged school ad­min­is­tra­tors to get out of their com­fort zones and work hard to en­sure they de­liver good re­sults.

Ma­tiang’i said schools should teach stu­dents the val­ues of hard work and not try to get grades through du­bi­ous means.

“We should en­cour­age our chil­dren to work hard. Don’t let them value grades they have not worked for. It’s not busi­ness as usual in ex­ams in Kenya,” he said.

Ma­tiang’i said the co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the Ed­u­ca­tion and In­te­rior min­istries has en­sured the suc­cess in the man­age­ment of ex­ams.

He said the co­op­er­a­tion will con­tinue to en­sure the smooth man­age­ment of ex­ams.

In March, the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry can­celled the KCSE re­sults of 5,101 stu­dents and re­ported a 70 per cent rise in the num­ber of cases of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

About 2,975 cases of cheat­ing were recorded in 2014.

“We had an un­prece­dented rise in exam ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in 2015. I apol­o­gise to the pub­lic for them. I will en­sure it will not hap­pen again. Let us all be re­spon­si­ble,” Ma­tiang’i said.

/COLLINS KWEYU

Knec chief ex­ec­u­tive Joseph Kivilu, coun­cil chair­man Kabiru Kinyan­jui, par­lia­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Sabina Chege, Ed­u­ca­tion PS Be­lio Kip­sang and CS Fred Ma­tiang’i hold a CD with KCSE ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults at Mi­ti­hani House on March 3 last year

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