Mixed reaction to ban on mock exams

By: OUMA WANZALA

The ban on mock examinations has been welcomed and condemned in equal measure.

A Moi University lecturer Okumu Bigambo said too many examinations in schools were destroying the reasoning and attitude of students.

However, Kenya National Parents and Teachers Association Chairman Nathan Barasa opposed the ban.

“Mock exams help students prepare effectively,” said Mr Barasa.

Supporters of the ban said the mock exams were being used to gauge the candidates’ performance in the national tests at the end of the year.

But the Kenya National Examinations Council said it does not use the mock examinations for grading at the end of the year.

The council’s chief executive officer, Dr Joseph Kivilu, said mock exams were organised by schools to evaluate students’ preparedness for the national tests.

He added that the internal tests have nothing to do with the final examinations administered by the council.

TOO MANY EXAMS

Prof Bigambo said too many examinations in schools were destroying the reasoning and attitude of students.

“The students have class assignments, weekend tuition and mock examinations.

“They have no time to do other things as they only think of examinations,” he said.

He said life in school should not be about examinations only, adding that students need to be trained holistically.

“Examinations stress students and we have to give them a break. With this pressure, the students end up not seeing anything good in society,” added Prof Bigambo.

Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers Chairman Omboko Milemba said: “Many students are worried that the mock exams are a gauge for the final exams. That’s why they are under pressure to score high.”

Director of Secondary and Tertiary Education Robert Masese said students in some schools mistakenly believe results of mock exams are used in grading them in the national tests.