MPs set to inquiry over KCSE Results Anomalies, Demotivation of Examiners
Members of Parliament will look into the entire examination process, starting from administration to the marking.
The National Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday met to plan logistics and implementation of the inquiry process.
Committee chairman Julius Melly said the results reflected a raft of anomalies, which made the committee want to investigate.
“We want to find out if there was cheating, how it happened. We are not saying there was cheating, we only want to ensure results are credible,”Melly said.
From Thursday this week, Melly said the team will engage senior officials that is Education CS Ezekiel Machogu, KNEC chief executive David Njeng’ere and Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang.
The 15 member team- split into two groups will go on a fact finding mission, to find out how cheating was executed, if there was any.
“We had schools which moved from a mean of 6 to 10. As a committee we have responsibility to find out what was it that happened,” he said.
Further, the lawmakers will also probe how the issues raised on examiners demotivation could have affected exam results.
“If an examiner is not motivated would his demotivated attitude affect results, and the relationship between centre mangers and examiners?”
Melly added that the team will submit a report on its findings and recommendations after one month.
The committee invited the public to submit their views either orally or written from March 20 to March 27 in 11 counties.
According to a notice in the dailies signed by Clerk Samuel Njoroge, the committee has submitted nine terms of reference for the inquiry.
“To establish the trend and commence a comparative analysis of 2022 KCSE examination performance vis-à-vis performance of the preceding years 2019-2022,” the notice reads.
On the management side, Melly and the team will probe measures set by the Ministry of Education and Knec to curb cheating.
“To determine whether exam marking stations were adequately prepared in terms of marking schemes, the integrity of markers, award of marks and moderation process,” the notice reads.
The committee will further determine the efficiency, effectiveness and integrity of examination management officers from Knec headquarters deployed to schools.
This will also include carrying out a comprehensive audit of the Knec examination management system.
“This includes exam setting, printing, transportation, storage and marking,” the notice reads.
Further, MPs will determine whether there is a need to review the penalties for exam malpractice.
On March 20, the team will be in Nakuru at the Rift Valley regional commissioners plenary hall and at the Nyeri youth empowerment centre in Ruring’u.
“On March 21, we will be in Eldoret at Uasin Gishu Multi-Purpose hall and in Embu at the Kenya School of Government,” the notice reads.
“On March 22, the team will be at Masinde Muliro University hall and Machakos youth centre. On March 23, Nyamira CDF hall and Kenya coast national polytechnic hall,” the notice reads.
On the last day of regional visits, March 24, the team will be at Kisumu, Grace Ogot hall and Wajir- ICT hall,” the notice reads.
On the final day of public hearings, the lawmakers will on March 27 be at mini chamber county hall Parliament Buildings, in Nairobi.