Education Ministry officials led by CS Ezekiel Machogu, faced intense scrutiny from the National Assembly Committee on Education regarding pressing national concerns stemming from the recently released 2023 KCPE results.
Committee Chairperson Hon. Julius Melly (Tinderet) led members of his House team in putting CS Machogu to task to address various issues, including the delay in constituting and gazetting the tribunal for handling Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) complaints.
Hon. Melly raised concerns over the tender cancellation for exams printing, the responsibility for the numerous messages sent by Kenyans before receiving exam results, schools receiving similar results, the genuineness of cases raised by Kenyans, and the performance of index 1 – 10 candidates at Kabarak primary school.
In response, CS Machogu assured the Committee that the recruitment process for the tribunal was underway, and the gazettement would be completed soon.
Addressing concerns about exam printing, CS Machogu clarified that the Ministry follows rigorous procedures for awarding contracts and emphasized that there was no irregularity in the awarding of the tender.
Education PS Dr. Belio Kipsang informed the Committee that the Ministry is committed to developing systems, including a website, to allow free access to KNEC results for upcoming national examinations.
CS Machogu reiterated that the correct results are those on the KNEC portal accessed by school administrators, dismissing SMS results as unofficial.
To address concerns about the SMS platform, CS Machogu requested 14 days to conclude the Ministry’s report and present it to the Committee.
In his closing remarks, Hon. Melly cautioned the political class against politicizing exams and urged them to allow the KNEC to perform their duties without interference.