Senator Asige Demands Clarity On KCPE Results Inconsistencies

ODM-nominated Senator Crystal Asige has raised concerns about inconsistencies in the recently released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results. During a Senate session on Wednesday, Asige urged the Education Committee to investigate and address the numerous errors reported in the marking and grading of the exam papers.

“The committee must provide comprehensive data on all instances of erroneous marking and grading,” Asige emphasized. “Specifically, they should address cases where incorrect marks were awarded, wrong subjects were graded, and questionable results were published.”

Asige also questioned whether the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has thoroughly examined each issue raised regarding erroneous marking and grading.

“Explain why there were discrepancies in marks received by candidates on the KNEC portal and the SMS service provider,” Asige demanded. “Detail to the Senate what caused the error and what steps have been taken to rectify it.”

In addition, Asige sought clarification on why some candidates received marks for subjects they did not sit for, an issue that KNEC has attributed to a misalignment.

“Outline measures to be implemented to prevent similar errors from occurring in the upcoming Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams,” Asige instructed.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and KNEC CEO David Njeng’ere were scheduled to appear before the National Assembly’s Education Committee on Thursday to address the KCPE results concerns, but they failed to show up.

Several parents and guardians have expressed dissatisfaction with the results, claiming that they contain errors and do not reflect their children’s true abilities. Parents from Kitengela International School and Kisii’s Set Greenhill Academy Mixed and Boarding Junior School have even filed lawsuits against KNEC challenging the results.

Through their lawyers, the parents argue that the 2023 KCPE results “do not fall within a reasonable range” and that the rushed release of the results has caused undue stress and anxiety for their children.

The Education Committee is now under pressure to thoroughly investigate the reported inconsistencies and provide the public with clear explanations and corrective actions.

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