The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) will in future print national exams as the education reforms task force recommends.
“Develop the capacity of KNEC to print National Assessments in Kenya,” the committee recommended in the report handed over to President William Ruto at State House, Nairobi.
If adopted, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will no longer be printed in the United Kingdom, as has been the case for many years.
The Prof Raphael Munavu-led taskforce expressed confidence in KNEC, stating that it had proven capable of curbing exam leakages and improving credibility.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reform (PWPER) committee also advised KNEC to improve its portal to allow teachers to upload scores without the risk of compromises.
“In this regard, the stakeholders recommended that external assessment by the KNEC should carry more weight in determining the overall performance of learners,” read part of the report.
However, the task committee recommended assessing the site after learning that a few teachers routinely submitted fabricated test results. Poor internet connections and a lack of information and communication technology resources may have prevented some schools from using the portal.
For efficient monitoring of Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) and capacity building of teachers on assessment-related concerns, stakeholders have suggested decentralizing KNEC services to the counties.
The task force recommended that the government put more money into basic education to prevent further education crises in the future.
“Basic literacy, numeracy and transferable skills such as social and emotional skills ensure essential blocks for acquiring higher order skills,” the committee advised.
The report also urged the Ministry of Education to replace the current classification of public secondary schools into “National,” “Extra-county,” “County,” and “Sub-county” with one based on students’ intended fields of study.