Chavakali Boys in record 300 As

Chavakali High School in Sabatia constituency, Vihiga county, scored a record 300 plain As in last year's Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams.

The school, whose results were cancelled the previous year for cheating, had another 211 students scoring A-minus, 99 had B-plus while 20 had plain Bs.

All the 630 students who sat the KCSE exam got their results, unlike the previous year, when all results were cancelled.

The 2015 KCSE exams had the highest ever recorded number of cheats – at 5,101 candidates, compared to 2,975 in 2014.

Releasing the results, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said cheating cases had gone up by 70 per cent on the previous year’s. The irregularities were reported in 305 centres countrywide.

Only Isiolo county did not record any cases of exam irregularities, with the highest numbers being experienced in Nairobi, Makueni and Meru counties, affecting 151, 382 and 160 candidates respectively.

Eight schools had their results cancelled: Nkumari Secondary School in Meru county; Propoi Girls and Parua Mixed Day and Boarding in West Pokot; Eisero Girls in Nandi; Kitengela Boys’ High School; Seka Mixed and Waondo Secondary School in Homa Bay; and St Paul Omonayo in Nyamira.

Teachers' unions turned the heat on the Kenya National Examinations Council and CS Matiang’i’s officials.

Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion argued that students are not the custodians of the national exams and punishing them is an act of impunity on the Knec’s part.

“It will be wrong to punish the students for exam irregularities and not make the exams body accountable,” said Sossion.

Matiang’i announced the formation of an interagency team to look into the performance of Form Four candidates across the last three years.

The team is expected to evaluate performance in the KCSE examinations with the aim of determining why few candidates attain the minimum C+ grade required for university entry.

The team’s report will also help in the curriculum review process, he said.

The team comprises officers from the Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Teacher’s Service Commission and Knec.

Basic Education director-general Leah Rotich will lead the team, expected to begin its work immediately.

Top schools in Nyanza region are celebrating their good performance in the 2015 KCSE.

Maseno School, Maranda High and Chemelil Academy are some of the schools that posted the best results in Nyanza in last year’s KCSE.

Light Academy's Zacharia Ndung’u, who sold githeri to raise his school fees, scored straight As in all the subjects, producing a mean score of A-plain.

“It was very tough, but at the end of the day I can thank God that it has turned out well and I am grateful for my success,” he said.

The best female candidate from Mandera county, Fawsia Haji,19, who scored a B-minus of 57, described her results as “bad”.

“I have scored marks which I never expected. I dreamt of scoring an A-plain. I am not happy,” said Haji, who was a candidate at Moi Girls, Mandera.

She blamed her performance on insecurity, especially the 2014 terror attack that left 28 people dead and saw most teachers flee the area.

- The Star, Friday 4th March, 2015

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