Riamoni Secondary students, teachers protest over ‘unfair marking’ of 2023 KCSE exams

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu speaks during the release of the 2023 KCSE examination results.

Teachers, parents and students of Riamoni Secondary School, Nyamira County, are up in arms over ‘unfair marking’ of their 2023 KCSE examinations.

Led by Board of Management (BoM) Chairman Jared Momanyi, they are pleading to KNEC and Education CS Ezekiel Machogu to review the results and remark their candidates’ scripts.

“We have confidence in our teachers and had hope they prepared their children sufficiently for the exams but we were very disappointed when the results were released,” he said.

Out of more than 70 candidates, none attained the entry grades to university with the top student scoring C- (minus).

Momanyi said that since the school was started more than two decades ago, it has never missed to take more than three students to university.

Esther Nyaboke, a student, led her colleagues in disowning the results.

“These are not our results. We request KNEC to remark our papers or give us a new examination,” she said.

Principal Job Oira also expressed his disappointment terming the results as disgusting.

He said that after consultation with his staff and BoM, he wrote a letter to KNEC appealing for fair remarking of his candidates’ scripts.

Oira, who is also the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) Nyamira branch Executive Secretary, thanked parents and students for being patient, bearing with the undesirable results and remaining optimistic that justice will be done.

“I thank the parents, teachers and the affected candidates for their patience and now that we have followed the procedure, I hope we shall be heard,” he said.

By Enock Okong’o

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