KNEC admits anomalies in 2016 KCPE Nyali primary results

KCPE candidate preparing for the examinations. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: The Kenya National Examination Council on Tuesday admitted that the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results for the Nyali primary school had anomalies.

The KNEC counsel Mr.Jeffrey Obura told court that the results of two pupils from Nyali primary school with anomalies were rectified immediately.

Nyali primary school parents late last year filed a petition in a Mombasa court seeking orders to allow re-marking of the 2016 K.C.P.E  results in presence of the headteacher, teachers and some parents.

However, KNEC argued that the school had written a letter in January requesting audits of only nine pupil’s results and they complied.

Documents received from KNEC and used as evidence in court, indicated that two pupils’ results had anomalies.

The defendants counsel Mr. Mamillan Jengo told court that some pupils from Nyali primary had not been able to secure schools of their choice because of the results.

A document seen by Baraka FM, showed that a pupil who missed marks in two subjects including Mathematics and Science after rectification, scored 81% and 62 % respectively.

Another girl had also scored 32% in Kiswahili paper but upon verification she scored 77%.

Through their lawyer, the parents now want court to direct remarking of the scripts in their presence together with the teachers, to ensure transparency.

“We have pupils who are not continuing with their education because their marks were low,its not that they did not perform well, but because there was no transparency,” Jengo said.

He also requested court to ensure that the marks rectified are reflected on the certificates.

KNEC counsel Mr.Obura raised preliminary objection seeking petition to be struck out of court, saying that the council has been cooperative and responded to all complaints raised by the defendant.

He said the petition was placed in court wrongly and that their wasn’t any parent who had filed an affidavit in court.

Mr.Obura further said parents had not identified mistakes alleged and said they only needed favor from the examination council.

“The examination act only allows council to set examinations and mark the exams and not parents nor teachers,”he said.

The court also heard that any directive allowing remarking of the 2016 examination will bring a lot of disputes since many pupils will also raise the complaints in court.

Judge Erick Ogollah said the court will give judgement regarding the case on 22 May 2017.