The petition challenging the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) test results, issued in April, has asked lawmakers to review a law that restricts access to marked test scripts.
The two petitioners have misquoted a section of the Kenya National Examination Council Act which prohibits access to the test script by any candidate, institution, teacher or any other third party.
The parents say that the rule is unfair as it gives no room to the aggrieved parties to certify the marks obtained by their children.
They want MPs to review the legal framework governing the marking and release of national examinations so that aggrieved candidates have the right to access information.
Ms Mary Njoki and Mr Isaac Njoroge, whose children sat in the 2020 KCPE, have petitioned the National Assembly, claiming the test results were manipulated in favor of public schools.
The petitioners say that a comprehensive analysis of the results of the 2020 KCPE exam indicates a pattern of possible manipulation of results that skewed the general performance in favor of candidates from public schools to the detriment of students of private schools.
“The petitioners are concerned that the process of marking and issuance of KCPE examinations lacks transparency and is shrouded in mystery due to limitation imposed on the right to access information by Section 42 of the Kenya National Examination Council Act,” the petition reads. Is.
According to two parents, the scores given to their children showed a huge negative deviation from the average scores they and their colleagues were posting in continuous assessment tests at private schools, which included the resumption of schools after prolonged closures. Also included was the evaluation done by KNEC after its opening. covid 19 pandemic.
The test was conducted to ascertain the preparedness of the candidates to appear in the examination.
They want MPs to investigate allegations of possible outside influence in the process of marking KCPE exams, which resulted in candidates from public schools being given higher marks than their counterparts in private schools.
Contributing to the petition, Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa said the integrity of the exam must be protected.
He urged the education committee to investigate the petition and ensure action against those found guilty.
“If indeed the matters raised by the petitioners are true, we want to know at what point the results were interfered with. We cannot allow the examination to be compromised as it is only education that makes us equal,” Dr Wamalwa said.
“If somewhere someone has compromised the integrity of the exam, they should be held accountable. The committee should conduct a thorough inquiry and call the education cabinet secretary and KNEC officials to explain the matter.”
Emuhaya MP Omboko Milamba said all children should be treated equally.
The MPs asked Education CS George Magoha and KNEC officials to provide all the details regarding the marking of the KCPE exam when they appear before the Florence Mutua-led committee.
The government has denied that the KCPE exam results were manipulated in favor of public primary schools.
Private schools have produced the bulk of the top students in national examinations for decades, but public institutions cracked down on them in the KCPE last year.