KCPE: Fate of 11,500 Candidates Who Missed
Questions have been raised concerning the fate of 11,500 students who missed to write 2021 KCPE exams.
A total of 1,225,554 candidates registered for the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education but only 1,214,031 candidates managed to sit for the exams. The question is where are the other candidates? What is their fate?
The students who did not show up for the exam could have had various reasons.
The Regional Educational Learning Initiative have raised concerns on policies that need to work on the retention of such learners.
They have urged the Ministry of Education to come up with strategies to ensure compensation of the learners in a way.
According to the lobby, Just like in universities, the learners should sit for special exam after missing the tests, for both primary and secondary education.
The Lobby made their recommendation to the early learning and basic education sub-sector, because it is mandated to run both levels. i.e primary and secondary.
The Kenya National Examination Council could examine and determine the circumstances of such learners and provide a supplementary exam immediately after the release of the results.
It should not be perceived as a normal occurrence to miss a national examination. Students don’t choose to miss the exam willingly this could be attributed to some social challenges they might have faced.
This comes a few days after senators called upon Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to submit a list of students who missed the national exam.
Emmanuel Manyasa, Usawa Agenda Executive Director, said the schools and regions that have underperformed consistently should be tracked by the Ministry as this would help the stakeholders identify areas that require more aid.
Manyasa further said that adequate support should be given to public schools which serve learners from marginalised and disadvantaged communities.