BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,27TH DEC 2017-Over a week since the Education cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi released this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary education KCSE results ,integrity question on the same results continue to linger on as three members of Parliament calls for a comprehensive audit.
The members of parliament Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Caleb Amisi (Saboti) and Walter Owino (Awendo) also want Parliament to be recalled to discuss the exam results.
Addressing the press in Nairobi on Wednesday December 27 the legislature also want Education CS Fred Matiang’i to resign within seven days, failure to which they would move an impeachment motion against him when Parliament resumes.
The MPs said they have written to the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi to immediately recall legislators to discuss the integrity of the exams.
They accuse Mr Matiang’i of releasing “raw results”, which have not been standardised, leading to the mass failure of students.
More than 80 per cent of the students did not attain a C+ (plus) and above grade in the 2017 KCSE exam. The C+ grade is cut-off point for joining university.
“We cannot condemn our children to a bleak future just because Matiang’i is in a hurry to release results,” Mr Nyamita said.
Mr Amisi said Kenyan students are not failures.
“We have bright students in this country, but Matiang’i is subjecting them to emotional torture, which can even make them to commit suicide,” he said.
The MPs also accused the CS of interfering with the independence of the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec).
“This man Matiang’i is all over. He wants to even manage independent institutions that are supposed to deal with examination issues,” said Mr Owino.
There has been an outcry concerning the results with several stakeholders in the education sector asking the ministry to recall the results for proper marking.Such a call was made by among others Kenya national union of teachers secretary general Wilson Sossion.