Machogu, Njengere appear before Parliament over KCPE debacle today

National Assembly Education Committee chairman Julius Melly and other members. They have summoned CS Machogu and KNEC CEO David Njengere to give insights into the 2023 KCPE fisco.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu and Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Chief Executive Officer David Njengere are scheduled to appear before the National Assembly Education Committee today to respond to controversies surrounding the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results.

CS Machogu poses for a photo with a student of Kolanya Girls’ High School. He appears before National Assembly’s Education Committee to answer questions on integrity of the 2023 KCPE results.

The committee, led by Chair Julius Melly, is investigating inconsistencies in this year’s results, including instances where candidates in one school received equal marks in some subjects.

Expressing disappointment, Melly remarked: “Despite the extensive probe into last year’s KCPE results, we are still faced with this saddening development.”

Manyatta MP Gitonga Mukunji raised the matter during a plenary sitting, seeking a discussion on the alleged discrimination against pupils in the grading process.

The dispute has reached the courts, with parents from Kitengela International School and Set Greenhill Academy Mixed Day and Boarding and Junior School filing a case to block the Form One selection.

These parents argue that the marking and grading resulted in unfairly low scores for their children, contrary to consistent performances in exams in the run up to the KCPE.

In court documents, Kitengela International highlighted a significant disparity between their internal exam scores (400 marks and above) and the KCPE results (358 marks and below).

The school, along with other parents nationwide, expressed dissatisfaction with the November 23 results, blaming KNEC for the fiasco.

Acknowledging the issues, KNEC admitted receiving appeals due to errors in results obtained through the USSD code 40054 provided by the ministry.

CEO David Njengere clarified that some candidates’ results had misalignments in Kiswahili where candidates were graded under Kenyan Sign Language instead.

By Viola Chepkemoi

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