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Exams Misconduct Blamed For Poor KCSE Results

Exams Misconduct Blamed For Poor KCSE Results.

Exams Misconduct Blamed For Poor KCSE Results.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, Stephen Kiama, has linked poor KCSE results to examination mismanagement.

Prof Kiama yesterday questioned the drop in the number of students qualifying to attend universities, calling the increase in the number of students scoring grade ‘E’ “unrealistic.”

“This was never the case in recent years,” said the VC during the Study in India fair hosted by the Indian High Commission in Nairobi.

“Those who are capable of comprehending or following through on university education should be permitted to do so.”

Prof. Kiama observed that many intelligent kids were missing opportunities for higher education.

“University education is an equalizer and so it is important to give our young children an equal opportunity to access undergraduate education,” he said, adding that universities had the capacity required to admit more students.

The number of candidates who received a grade E in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination nearly doubled, defying a five-year trend in which the number of low-performing students had decreased.

According to Ministry of Education data, 46,151 candidates received an E in the examination, up from 28,046 the previous year and 35,536 in 2017.

The increase in the number of low-performing students is a blot on the state’s plan, announced in 2018, for a complete transition from primary to secondary schools.

Prof Kiama has urged the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to look into the matter.

The two-day fair, the second since the first in 2020, aims to educate Kenyan students about higher education opportunities in India.


Virander Paul, the country’s High Commissioner to Kenya, urged Kenyans to take advantage of the more than 140 Indian institutions of higher learning that are open to them.

“Education linkages between Kenya and India are not new. India has been a choice destination for Kenyan students, even before Kenya attained independence,” Dr Paul said. “Facilities in India are expanding and are fully accessible to Kenya.”

This year’s fair features seventeen Indian universities, as well as scholarship opportunities.

Prof Kiama stated that the University of New Zealand is open to collaboration with Indian institutions.

Exams Misconduct Blamed For Poor KCSE Results


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