School ranking leads to unnecessary competition

Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi has defended the ban on ranking of schools that was instituted by his office saying that it has led to unnecessary competition and exam irregularities.

Kaimenyi made the remarks in his address before the release of the KCPE results.

The CS said that because schools are eager to be ranked highly, they engage in “harmful” practices, such as removing weak students from schools, and some schools maintaining low numbers which in turn put a financial strain on parents.

He also said that making students repeat is another demerit of ranking that the education ministry is keen on doing away with. Kaimenyi added that not all schools have the same resource and therefore ranking is unfair to schools that are not as endowed.

“Some schools have a ratio of 20 students to one teacher while others have a ratio of 60 students to one teacher which will make the results different,” Kaimenyi said.

He added that ranking demoralises both teachers and students in instances where performance is poor. Kaimenyi also said that the ranking system let to the stigmatisation of schools that perform poorly continuously.

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