MAKE KNEC A COMMISSION, UKAMBANI LOBBY TELLS GOVERNMENT

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By Makueni correspondent.

A vibrant civil society group from Lower Eastern has called on Parliment to formulate policy that elevates the Kenya Examination Council to an Independent Constitutional Commission for credibility examinations.

Speaking to County Diary reporters Makueni We Want Movement’s leader Josephat Musoma warned that KNEC as constituted has capacity issues watering down the credibility of examination process in the country.

He added that it is prejudicial for head teachers to wake up early and collect examination materials hours before the starting time.”Why should the ministry demand headteachers most of whom are elderly to wake up to collect examination materials at the wee hours of dawn even during rain season and blame them for leakages?” He questioned noting that the Sh.500/- they are accrued doesn’t match their time and expenses they incur on trasit.

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He further called on Parliment to enact legislation that separates exams from the influence of teachers right from the preparation, supervision to marking “Our law makers owe us an independent examination commission with a mandate similar to IEBC to ensure reliablity, transparency and credibility of National Examinations” he adviced “Just like students teachers are stakeholders in exams, they should not by fault or default take part in preparation, supervision and marking of exams as they’ll always prioritize any approach that will gaurantee their schools good names for prestige and advancement of career interest even if it’s a wrong turn” he cautioned.

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He retaliated that time has come for the examination department to disenfranchise from the Education Ministry. This comes shortly after cases of Mock exams that were similar to KCSE papers and accidents from toxic chemicals that affected the health of students were reported in this year.

There has also been cases of security officers losing keys to examination be containers and cases of exams getting to candidates past the gazzated time.

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The lobby is preparing to table their proposal that seeks to have an examination commission that has a mandate over preparation, procurement, distribution, supervision, marking, ranking, data base management, intakes & admissions, quality assurance of exams & medical insurance of candidates and despute resolution.

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