Kisii parents protest over poor exam results

Saturday, January 28th, 2023 05:24 | By
Parents of Our Lady of Victory Nyabiosi ‘N’ Secondary School in Keroka, Kisii County protesting over poor exam results on 25th January 2023 PHOTO/KNA

Despite schools from the Kisii region performing exemplary well in the just-released national exams, parents of Our Lady of Victory Nyabiosi ‘N’ Secondary School in Keroka, took to the streets to protest what they term as poor results.

They blamed the school's principal Patrice Michira for the poor performance, accusing him of having weak bonds with parents and the students.

Esther (not her real name), a parent and also a resident of Nyabiosi, said Michira doesn't listen to her parents' woes.

This has seen students regularly being sent home to collect fees and further attributed the poor results to students not being attended to as required.

“We always pay money for preps but teachers arrive as late as eight in the morning and leave at three in the evening,” Esther said.

The school attained a mean score of 2.1 in the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), with the leading candidate obtaining a D+ (plus) grade.

Johnson Nyagelo is a former student at Nyabiosi ‘N’ School who sat in the recently released KCSE exams. He said as students, they tried their level best only that they were on some occasions at home because of fees.

Perminus Nyariki, also a resident of Nyabiosi claimed that the school was performing well until the arrival of Michira, revealing that the principal has concentrated more on sports than academic matters. He said the school would perform better if another principal is posted there.

The disappointed parents are appealing to the Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu to intervene. “We want the principal to leave our school alone, so that we can start again from scratch,” Nyariki suggests.

However, the government has put in measures that will see the 100 percent transition policy implemented fully.

Through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) and Kenya National Qualification Authority (KNQA) every student will be placed in an institution of higher learning.

This is in line with the Ministry of Education's goal of providing fair and balanced access to quality and relevant education.

Machogu, during the release of 2022 KCSE results said candidates who failed to attain the university minimum entry qualification of grade C+ are eligible to join Technical and vocational education and training institutions (TVETs), Teacher Training Colleges, Medical Training colleges, and other tertiary learning institutions for various courses.

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