Parents to sue Private School for Registering KCPE Candidates in a Different Institution.
Parents at Victonell Academy in Nakuru County have vowed to sue the institution for registering their children at a different institution to take the KCPE exam.
The parents asserted that the institution’s administration had two schools and registered the candidates in separate schools based on their academic ability.
One of the parents, Maureen Mayieko, said she learned about the development by mistake.
Ms. Mayieko stated that she had gone to pick up her candidate’s daughter. However, she reported seeing her in a different uniform.
When asked why the mother was informed by her daughter that she would not take her exams at school.
“My daughter told me they were transported to the other school on Thursday for rehearsals. She said that in the bus, they were forced to exchange uniforms with pupils of the other school,” said Mayieko.
She told other parents about what happened, but they didn’t know about it because other students didn’t live at the school like her daughter did.
Mayieko reported that the school had transferred 16 pupils without parental agreement; thirteen to Happy Child and three to Flamingo Primary School.
Another mom, Jackline Muthoni, said the news she received over WhatsApp chat stunned her.
“My son was crying when he was forced to exchange uniforms with a stranger. I prepared him for the examination by making sure I pay fees in time and this is how they repay me!” said Ms Muthoni.
She desires that the examination be halted and that the school be instructed to ensure that students take the exam and receive results from the same school.
The Standard contacted the headmaster of Victonell Academy, Ibrahim Ongany, via telephone.
Ongany did not confirm nor deny the allegations. He stated that he had no remark and would contact us when he had something to say.
Primary schools will administer KCPE for Standard 8 and Kenya Primary School Assessment for Grade 6 for the first time.
Exam center managers are now the focus.
Headteachers are responsible for getting test materials, setting up exams, and putting back answer sheets after each exam day.
Kenya Primary School Heads Association chairperson Johnson Nzioka said they are ready for the challenges of administering two national exams at once for the first time.
“We have also talked to our members to ensure both exams are handled professionally,” Nzioka said.
“Any new practice comes with its own challenges. We shall have issues here and there but we are ready to ensure both KCPE and KPSEA are done credibly.”
Then-Education CS George Magoha accused center administrators of registering fake candidates to cheat on the 2021 national exams.
Nzioka said these are unique occurrences that stakeholders can address.
Knec has set tight rules and harsh consequences for exam cheaters.
Ezekiel Machogu is in charge of the first national exams held by the Kenya Kwanza government. He has taken a multi-sectoral approach to stop cheating.
“We are here to give assurance to the country that we are prepared for this year’s national examinations. The entire government, including my colleagues in the Cabinet, will take part in the exercise,” Machogu said.
Under the competency-based curriculum (CBC), KPSEA will replace KCPE.
The first grade 6 class will take math at 8.30 a.m. and English at 10.50 a.m. on Monday.
Math, English, and composition classes start at 8.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., and 2.30 p.m. for Standard 8 students.