Head Teacher on the Spot for Intentionally Failing to Register KCPE Candidates.
In Kajiado, the Nkaimurunya Primary School head teacher is also on the spot for intentionally failing to register candidates, most of them autistic, for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.
The impacted students would have been enrolled in a particular category of students.
Even though the students were legitimate students at the school, Ms. Charity Marinda did not register them and chastised their parents, who had gone to school to argue their case.
According to the students, the principal has always told them they would not take the national exams.
“Na mkumbuke wewe hufanyi mtihani(don’t forget that you aren’t sitting for the exams),” a pupil said the head teacher has repeatedly told them.
KNEC registers students for the exams through the various school head teachers.
It was discovered that the names of the three individuals who had always been informed they were not registered had been swapped.
“My child may look fine. But deeply troubled by the thoughts of missing out on the exams,” a parent narrated.
When schools opened for the first term in April, KNEC deadlines mandated that schools register their students by May 14, with a preliminary deadline of April 30.
On May 17, one of the parents whose child was not enrolled reached out to the school’s principal for an explanation and pleaded for their child to be included on the list. But was dismissed.
“The head teacher was so rude. She was very hostile too… I shed tears. I couldn’t stand the cruel demeaning words she used,” a parent lamented.
The father says that the head teacher “looked at me directly in the eyes and told me that she won’t be registering ‘wajinga’.”
This parent’s child is autistic. Understandingly so, the pupil is a sluggish learner, the parent said.
During the release of the 2021 KCPE results, the KNEC Chief Executive Officer David Njegere called all schools to register their pupils, which is normally done via the KNEC portal.
He informed Nation.Africa that unless a school contacts KNEC, it cannot know that a pupil is not registered for the examinations.
“Unless the school brings that to our attention, we cannot know” he said. “The schools can write to us, stating the reasons for late registration and we will act on it.”