Girls cannot outperform boys in KCSE, Sossion tells Matiang'i

Kenta National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion has condemned the manner in which Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education exams were marked and compiled by the examination body.

Sossion said the ministry used non-standard ways during the exercise which allegedly contributed to poor performance of students countrywide.

“Exams must be marked and processed within the framework of international standards and professional premises and moderation is one of them. You cannot use a uniform grading system for History and Mathematics,” he said as quoted by the Nation.

The Knut leader added that practically, girls could not outperform boys in the exams, adding that marking was done without basic parameters set to promote equity across the nation.

“That doesn’t work and it will give a skewed outcome. That is why we have more girls scoring C plus and above than boys. Do you want to tell me that practically can happen in Kenya?” he asked.

Traditionally, girls have always performed poorly than their male counterparts, something that has made the government to lower the university cut-off points for them (girls) through affirmative action every year.

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