MPs have summoned Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to explain circumstances that led to the failure to rank Maranda High School in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams.
The legislators also want the CS to reveal the kind of irregularities that led to the cancellation of Computer Studies results for 23 students.
Prof Kaimenyi will appear before the parliamentary committee on Education chaired by Murang’a Women Representative Sabina Chege on Wednesday, March 19.
The committee gave an unsatisfactory statement to the House on Wednesday prompting the Temporary Speaker Moses Cheboi to direct that Prof Kaimenyi appears before it to give more information on the matter.
The Kenya National Examinations Council Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga will also appear before the committee on the same day.
Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba (ODM) had asked for a statement regarding the school’s failed ranking when results were released last week.
“This is not a small matter. We are dealing with the reputation and integrity of a national school. What were the examinations supervisors doing? Some people must have slept on the job then some people have woken up and blame the students for cheating,” said Mr Namwamba.
While delivering the statement Wednesday, the committee’s deputy chairman Julius Melly (Tinderet, URP) said cheating eroded public confidence in national examinations.
“An irregularity is an irregularity. The students are known to have colluded and cheated in Computer studies paper 1. A report on the cancellation has been sent to the school and the exam supervisor for Siaya County,” said Mr Melly.
The Speaker said the matter was weighty and required the intervention of the CS.
“This is a weighty issue and the committee should invite the Cabinet Secretary on Wednesday (next week) to answer to the concerns raised by the members and report back to the House,” directed Mr Cheboi.
KNEC did not rank Maranda, a top-performing school in the recent years, after Computer Studies results of 23 students were cancelled after allegedly being involved in exams’ irregularities.
The lawmakers said Prof Kaimenyi and Mr Wasanga were in a better position to provide answers to their concerns.
“We are talking about a centre of excellence. The chairman of this committee is not the right person to respond to this issue. We should interrogate the Cabinet Secretary and the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya National Examinations Council,” said Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo (ODM).
Suba MP John Mbadi (ODM), who revealed that his son is in Form One in the school, said it was worrying for Maranda to have failed to be ranked because only 23 students were said to have cheated.
“This committee is incompetent. They did not inquire anything. They just got a statement from the ministry and read it to this House,” said Mr Mbadi.
The CS will also give reasons why there were many exams irregularities in the recently released results.