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MCAs want Education CS to rescind decision on exam centres

A section of Baringo MCAs has asked Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha to rescind his recent directive that going forward examination centres for both KCPE and KCSE must have a minimum of 40 candidates.

Led by Bartabwa ward representative Reuben Chepsongol and his Sacho counterpart John Tarus, the MCAs lamented that the move will disadvantage candidates from arid and semi-arid (ASAL) zones where pupil population was very low and distance between schools quite long.

“The pupils will face challenges moving from one school to another during exam periods considering the distance between schools especially in marginalized areas,” complained Tarus.

He added the directive also disadvantaged children in areas bedeviled with cattle rustling and banditry challenges including Tiaty, Baringo South, parts of Baringo North as well as North Eastern region.

“The issue of having 40 pupils per examination centre is discriminative against children especially from ASAL areas who normally trek long distances to access school,” he maintained.

He urged the government to always consider critical factors like distance, cultural practices and physical and economic hardships of certain areas before implementing policies that are likely to have far-reaching repercussions on those targeted.

 Chepsongol said that the government should seek views from all stakeholders on matters education before issuing policy directives like this one abolishing examination centres with less than 40 candidates. The affected candidates will sit their papers in nearby larger centres.

            

The ward representatives challenged MPs whose areas the directive will seriously affect to present a petition to Parliament for the policy to be reversed.

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