NASA Mps call for resignation of Matiang’i over KCSE results

Education CS Fred Matiang'i together with other officials from the Ministry of Education at the Kenya Institute Curriculum Development. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders  led by Saboti Member of Parliament Caleb Amisi, have vowed to forward a motion to the parliament to impeach Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr. Fred Matiangi over massive exam failure.

In a press briefing on Wednesday in Nairobi, Amisi who is an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Mp said that Matiang’i’s way of releasing exams results is not recommendable as it has hitches that cost children’s future.

He further argued that the exams were not standardized, as that method places the candidate’s score on a readily understandable scale and not just converting marks to percentage because percentage on their own are not related to the average score of all the candidates.

The Mp has now called for an Audit of 2017 KSCE exams results to be conducted by a panel of experts from national or international and reviews any such report before presentation to the public with the mandate to asking further questions and commenting on methodology.

“We cannot afford as a nation to treat any generation unfairly. We cannot afford to lose potential in any of our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. So this unfairness must be corrected now and the cabinet secretary for Education Dr. Fred Matiang’I must resign immediately to pave way for proper independent audit of the 2017 KSCE exams results.” He said.

He also called for an investigation to be conducted on Kenya National Examination Commission (KNEC) and ordered to prepare and present a comprehensive report over the perceived mass failure.

“An independent investigation should as well be incorporated on KNEC. This should be conducted by some of the most credible auditing companies in the country together with statistical experts.” He added.

The Saboti Mp further challenged the Education CS to explain where 214,917 students who scored D- and below will fit, citing that, the failures will face unfair condemnation as academic dwarfs and if the mass failure stands, it will affect the self-esteem, psychological and emotional state of those affected which may lead to suicides.

Statistics from the just released KCSE national exams 2017 indicate that more than 500,000 out of 610,000 candidates who sat for the 2017 KCSE exams are not qualified to be admitted to public universities and that only 70,073 students managed the pass mark of C+ to qualify to further education in public universities.

The Mp was accompanied by Uriri Mp Hon. Mark Nyamusi.