Top performing schools in Nyanza had their results cancelled in what has alarmed leaders and locals from that region. The statistics are so dire that Kenya National Examinations Council CEO Paul Wasanga warned of ‘politicising’ the issue. But how can that happen when the cancellations point to what can only be described as a ‘smear’ campaign on a region which seems to be losing out in everything?
Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba first raised the issue of cancelled Maranda High School results. The school had registered well over 400 students in the last examinations but had results of 23 students cancelled, which made it not be ranked.
This is not a small matter. We are dealing with the reputation and integrity of a national school,” said Hon. Namwamba.
The following top schools from the region had their results cancelled too.
Bishop Okoth Girls-Mbaga secondary school
Ng’iya Girls High school
Nyamonye Girls Secondary
Ukwala Secondary School
Sawagongo High School.
Pe-Hil High School
St Pius Uriri
Oyugi Ogango Girls
Homa bay County
St John’s Nyamagwa Boys
Nyamagwa SDA Secondary
St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls
Nyakach Girls High School
These are national and county schools. They are well equipped and admit the bulk of students which is the main cause of worry because with massive cancellations of results in these schools, it means few get to the competitive slots in public universities.
The number of cancelled results in district schools is more shocking. Averagely, one in every three students who sat examinations in Nyanza had their results either cancelled or scored below the university entry point of C+. Considering that as high as B (plain) grade will not gain entry to public universities, Nyanza stares at an education crisis which its leaders should address as early as a possible.