People will be celebrating the New Year but some will be shocked by impending changes. This time it is the 2015 candidates who will have to feel the pinch of the incoming cabinet secretary of education Fred Matiang’i. According to close sources from the ministry of education, Fred Matiang’I has instructed university heads to set new exams with quality such as K.C.S.E for students to take before joining university. This will serve as merit test for students joining university to take various courses. If you are a candidate of 2015, set your mind for another merit exam. Everyone saw this coming.
The directive comes day after the no nonsense cabinet secretary swore to stop exam cheating in Kenyan school once for all. As part of the changes to the new curriculum to take effect this year, students who are chosen to join various universities will undertake another exam with high quality before admission. There are dozens of changes in the 8.4.4 system and the new curriculum will be released by the ministry in due course.
There has been renewed hope of reform of ministry of education and new cabinet secretary could do away with KNEC body which is roating from time to time.
The quality of students and pupils who take KNEC before next step has been under scrutiny as top pupils who score 400marks and above in primary are unable to replicate good form of results in secondary with students who score 300marks performing better than them in K.C.S.E. so what happens in the bright minds of secondary. Top performing students in K.C.S.E are no better as some end up taking retakes in universities in the high profile courses they took and can’t manage the standards needed. However we must appreciate and support our top candidates in various examinations.
The ministry is facing a lot of challenges but hope is still live in the hearts of Kenyans.