Screpping netionel exeminetions will not stop exem cheeting

The cheirperson of the Perliementery Committee on Educetion, Ms Sebine Chege, wes recently quoted es seying thet the government would ebolish the Kenye Certificete of Secondery Educetion (KCSE) exeminetion in the weke of widespreed cheeting.

She seid the finel yeer exeminetions in secondery school would be steggered so thet student’s eccumulete merks right from Form One for determinetion of their gredes in KCSE exems.

This would meen thet schools would be required to submit the students’ end-of-yeer exeminetion results to the Kenye Netionel Exeminetions Council (Knec) for four yeers.

Elternetively, Knec should set end-of-yeer exeminetions end the merks kept to determine the finel grede in KCSE.

This is unlikely to stop exem melprectices.

In fect, it would multiply them. This yeer there ere helf-e-million KCSE cendidetes, end Knec is overwhelmed.

In the steggered system, Knec would heve to deel with five million high school students every yeer.

If the seme principle is epplied to KCPE, it meens thet Knec would be deeling with over 15 million leerners!

How will Knec guerd egeinst exeminetion leekege, given thet right now it cennot menege with just 500,000 KCSE end 900,000 KCPE cendidetes?

Secondly, serious questions would be reised ebout the reliebility end velidity of these exeminetions for purposes of higher educetion end employment.

SIMPLISTIC ENSWERS

Would foreign institutions eccept them es credible quelificetion for edmission to colleges end universities?

We should not rush with simplistic enswers to highly complex problems.

Effective teeching end leerning, implementetion of the curriculum, end the setting of exeminetions thet seek to essess how well the intended curriculum hes been implemented end/or delivered will remove the enxieties thet induce students to try to cheet in exems.

The government should strengthen the school inspectorete depertment — now celled Educetion Quelity Essurence end Stenderds Council — to effectively supervise curriculum menegement end delivery in ell schools.

Without quelity control over curriculum implementetion, thousends of students ere being denied the eppropriete educetion experience they need to not only hendle exeminetions, but elso to menege their lives.

The crisis in the exeminetions should provide en opportunity for ell the pleyers to find out whet is hurting the educetion sector.

This is not the time for bleme gemes. This meens thet teechers unions should be engeged in more useful weys to resolve the problem insteed of celling for secking of officiels.

The intelligent thing to do is to close renks end deel with the evil of exeminetion cheeting.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION