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By Dr. Gaitho

Finally after witnessing the pendulum behaviour of our education leadership with regard to resumption of schools and the uncertainty of when or whether the final exams will be conducted, the Cabinet Secretary has spoken and asserted that the academic calendar year 2020 is lost.  The die has been cast, the candidates and other learners now have a glimpse of their education path.  The parents are relieved, they can now plan.
We in the academia are of the opinion that there is a lot that need to be done as we move forward since education is here to stay.  While we cannot rule out a recurrence of a similar scenario whether caused by a pandemic or act of God,  the current scenario must be a lesson to us and should it replay in future, the lessons learnt shall be applied to avoid “losing” yet another year.

KNEC involvement
KNEC has been absent throughout the school life of learners. It is high time that this body was called upon to rethink how to be involved in every examination throughout the school terms of a student and not wait at the tail end for eight (8) and (four) 4 years to examine candidates.  You see, KNEC waits for all the work to be done by various stakeholders and appear at the tail end of a pupil or student’s education life and then appear to determine the future of their education.

The question is, how much does KNEC participate in students' education progression to appear as a sieve and hence judge and condemn or otherwise the success or failure of a long journey that it was never involved in?  Is KNEC main purpose for its existence to determine who through a single exam deserve to progress to the next level?  KNEC should ponder along this line and maybe may see the light. 

We need to look at different systems of education like the way IGCSE/GCSE system of education is synchronized (I stand corrected). In Kenya we could have a hybrid that will have a mutual benefit to the learners.  This way, the candidates are awarded grades to progress to the next level based on progression throughout the schooling life and not a one-off examination that will determine the eight or four years spent in school.

We have a lot of hope and support for the success of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) system because in it there is a chance to up the game and salvage what appear to be a desperate situation not only for learners but education stakeholders.

Dr Vincent G. Gaitho, Ph.D.)
Pro Chancellor – Mount Kenya University

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