University Don calls for an alternative examination system

A University Don now wants the Government to come up with an alternative way of examining students to avoid a scenario where an academic year is lost.

Primary and Secondary schools will not re-open until January 2021 where pupils and students will have to repeat the year after the 2020 academic year was disrupted by COVID 19.

Mount Kenya University Council Vice Chairman Dr Vincent Gaitho says the examination body KNEC should come up with a grading system which will enable the learners’ progress to the next level without interference.

KNEC’s primary role is to examine pupils and students especially those sitting for their KCPE AND KCSE examinations. Dr Gaitho says the examination council doesn’t play a more direct role in the learners’ school life and should therefore not appear at the end and purport to examine them.

Dr Gaitho says KNEC should devise a way where it is involved in every exam a pupil or a student has to face instead of waiting for 8 years for primary schools or 4 years for secondary schools.

The University Don proposes that the Government should do away with the on and off exams and instead embrace the international general certificate of secondary education (IGCSE) of the general certificate of secondary education.

He said embracing the different systems will create an opportunity where learners are awarded grades to progress to the next level based on their performance throughout their schooling period.

And while he expressed optimism that the competency based curriculum (CBC) will help address some of the shortcomings, Dr Gaitho however said he hopes that Education stakeholders in the Country have learnt a thing or two in terms of preparedness saying it would be unfortunate for learners to lose an academic year again in the future.

He said as a Country we can’t rule out a similar occurrence and the best way to deal with it is to ensure we have a system enables learners to progress to the next level.


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