An estimated 12,000 students did not write the 2020 KCPE exams. And now the pressure is on the authorities to take care of the missing students. Data compiled by News Yeti on Saturday shows that of the 12,424 candidates, Nairobi has the highest number.
Of the 66,175 students who registered for the exams in the city, another 1,153 did not write the KCPE exam in less than 11 counties. A further 581 did not write the Bungoma exams out of the 55,334 who registered.
Also in the Nakuru district, there are 56,527 registered candidates, but only 55 959 remain paperwork. This means that 568 candidates missed out. The data further shows that about 562 students did not write the exams in Turkana.
Other regions with missing students are Kakamega (555), Meru (554), Migori (537), Garissa (506), Kiambu (443) and Kilifi (440).
In addition, the counties with the highest number of candidates are Kiambu, Machakos, Kitui, West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Narok, Busia, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya and Kisii.
The disclosure now involves authorities somewhere in various districts to establish student tracking systems. Each student in a public primary school receives Sh1,420 per subject per annum. Assuming that all the missing students were in public schools, each student should have received Sh11,360 during the eight years of study.
In all, it means that at least Sh142 million has been spent on all those who have lost their bursaries throughout their primary education. In addition, participants argued that taxpayers’ money was used by the government to pay for the examination of all candidates.
The exam was taken by the government after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Kenya National Examination Council (Amendment) Act, 2015, which waived the examination fee charged to all candidates for Standard Eight and Form Four.
Although Cabinet Secretary of Education George Magoha said the number was “insignificant” compared to the total number of candidates, education stakeholders wanted every student to be considered.
“We are still able to support these children through the Nyumba Kumi registration exercise, which will be held later this year,” said Nicholas Maiyo, chairman of the National Parents’ Association.