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KNEC Takes Lawsuit Regarding Divorced 2023 KCSE Grading Scheme

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KNEC Takes Lawsuit Regarding Divorced 2023 KCSE Grading Scheme.

The integrity and legitimacy of the 2023 KCSE results have led to a lawsuit against the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) by a community-based organization.

Operation Linda Jamii, the petitioner, claims in a petition filed at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi that Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu changed the KCSE grading scheme on his own, in violation of Section 10 of the KNEC Act of 2023, which gives the council the sole authority to control the grading scheme for national examinations.

The petitioner argues that Article 10 of the Kenyan Constitution, which addresses national values and principles of government, is violated by the lack of public input prior to the new system’s implementation.

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Function Although the Ministry of Education stated that the system change was necessary to allow for more direct admissions to colleges, Linda Jamii observed that under the new system, the proportion of candidates who were placed directly fell to 58.27% from 59.14% in 2022.

The first respondent, KNEC, has come under fire for posting preliminary findings on its website.

According to the petitioner, results in a provisional state are not intended to be released under the KNEC Act of 2012.

In addition, the council is charged with operating without transparency or accountability while determining the final KCSE results.

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The Oruba Boys Secondary School example in Migori County was noted in the case study, when all candidates with a mean grade of D plain apparently had a variance of 1 to 2 points.

Citing persistent concerns regarding the reliability and integrity of the KCSE 2023, Operation Linda Jamii is requesting conservatory orders to halt the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service’s (KUCCPS) student placement process.

Within 14 days after the date of service, KNEC and the Ministry of Education must provide their answers.

The matter will be discussed on March 12, 2024.

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