Senate To Go After Education Officials Over KCSE 2022 Results

Nyutu added that a 16-member committee will look into whether...

Senate To Go After Education Officials Over KCSE 2022 Results
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu releasing the 2022 KCPE exams on December 21, 2022 /STANDARD DIGITAL

The Senate has commenced investigations into the integrity of the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) results after allegations were raised regarding possible malpractices.

Murang’a Senator and Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education Joe Nyutu on Tuesday, January 24 that part of the investigations will see the Senate summon Ministry of Education officials to establish the truth regarding the credibility and process in which the exam was administered.

Nyutu added that a 16-member committee will look into whether there was any leakage in regard to the exam questions.

Murang'a Senator, Joe Nyutu during a past address on October 27, 2021. /FACEBOOK

The team will also look into reported cases of 'abnormal curves' whereby schools had shown a sudden and massive increase in mean scores in the national examinations.

He further called upon Kenyans to exercise patience on the matter and allow his team to determine the truth of the leakage claims, some of which were exposed on social media.

"The Senate will summon officials of the ministry of education so as to get to the bottom of this issue and will table a report on the same.

"We are investigating whether there was leakage. We have seen queries by Kenyans on social media but we urge them to be patient. We want to ascertain the truth," he stated.

Nyutu's action came after reports had indicated that some schools in the Kisii and Nyanza regions had posted outstanding improvements, leading to a debate online over the credibility of their results.

Of particular focus was Nyambaria High School in Nyamira County which stunned Kenyans on Friday, January 20 when it registered outstanding results in the 2022 KCSE, more than the famous academic giants.

The boys' high school recorded a mean score of 10.8975 out of 12, which was the most out of any school in the country and which was better than last year's performance of 9.3086.

However, Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu dismissed the allegations, terming them as propaganda and urging Kenyans to focus on the 2023 KCSE.

He particularly lauded Boaz Owino, Nyambaria high school principal, after supervising the 488 candidates who sat for the exams and all went to university.

“If you look at his history, you will appreciate him because wherever he goes, there is a remarkable improvement,” he told the Nation.

“Let us wait for the 2023 exams and ensure our children work hard. Propaganda will not help us. If today you are number one and tomorrow you are not, it means you must work smart.”

The CS further noted that his ministry enforced a mechanism that minimised leakages and malpractices.

He praised the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Digital Economy and the Communication Authority for closing all the loopholes in social media which disrupted the tendency of some individuals to post papers.

Entrance to Nyambaria High School. /TEACHER.CO.KE