Matiang'i defends last year's KCSE results amid criticism

Education CS Fred Matiang’i has defended the credibility of the recently released KCSE results.

Speaking on Monday at Kasarani when he presided over the unveiling of the 2017 class of Equity Bank's Wings to Fly scholarship winners, Matiang’i defended his ministry and the work that has been done since he took over, saying it was not an easy task to accomplish.

The results have been questioned by different bodies and individuals including opposition chief Raila Odinga and the Kenya National Union of Teachers, who have claimed the results were not properly standardized.

The minister further thanked the teachers who were involved in the marking of the exams, which was highly guarded.

Knut, led by Secretary General Wilson Sossion, has questioned the credibility of the exams saying proper grading, standardization and normalization was not done before the release of the results.

They further want an ausit done on the results, which saw over 33,000 students score grade ‘E’, with only 141 grade ‘A’.

The minister further revealed that the government has set aside close to Sh1 billion for loans to students who want to join technical institutions, acknowledging that more Kenyans need to acquire practical skills.

“To achieve Vision 2030, we need a large population of people with technical skills. We must desist from all going for white-collar jobs,” he said.

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