Mocks Ban to End Strikes and Riots

Mock exams are likely to be banned to end students’ fear of the high-pressure tests that have led to strikes, fires and riots.

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi yesterday said he would implement recommendations to call off future exams.

A ban was recommended yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting chaired by Kaimenyi at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

A ban also has been urged in reports by Davy Koech and Naomi Wangai.

A ban would leave individual schools to only administer continuous assessment tests, instead of inter-school mock exams. Kaimenyi did not say when mock exams will end or give details.

“Write to us or the Ombudsman about any mocks taking place, which are not supposed to take place, as recommended by past reports,” he told the county director of education in Machakos.

For the past three months, schools around the country have been plagued by unrest linked to the mocks administered at subcounty and county levels.

“Students or candidates think that mocks exams are used to grade them in KCPE and KCSE,” director of secondary and tertiary education Robert Masese said.

However, Kenya National Examination Council CEO Joseph Kivilu said Knec never requests mock results.

The Koech Report recommended a ban on district and provincial mocks.

Masese said incidents of unrest have been witnessed in 11 counties in the second term.

Machakos leads with 26 strikes, followed by Bomet, Busia, Nyeri, Kiambu, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Embu, Nakuru, Kericho and Migori.

“The Ministry of Education must assist us in banning the mocks,” Charles Chacha, the ministry’s county director of education in Machakos, told Kaimenyi.

A teacher said this year’s exams might have leaked, leading to protests.