Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi (center), Education PS Belio Kipsang (left) and Science and Technology PS Collete Suda, at the Ministry of Education offices at Jogoo House in Nairobi on February 4, 2015 to address the public outcry over the Form One selection.
BY SAM ALFAN.
The case involving the abolition of examination ranking system by the Ministry of Education will be heard on the 9th of this month.
The petitioner Leonard Aluko moved to court claiming that it was against the law and unfair for the ministry to scrap the age old schools ranking system which has been used in the country for many years.
Aluko has petitioned education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Joseph Kaimenyi his Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang and the Attorney General saying that the removal of examination school ranking system was unconstitutional. He wants the High Court to stay the system.
The petitioner argues that by scrapping the system of ranking, those joining form one have been denied necessary information about the secondary schools they are supposed to join, since they are not able to gauge performances of those schools. He also claims that world over; the system of ranking schools using examinations is a norm.
In 2014 the Ministry of Education formed a 21 member task force which is headed by presidential advisor on Education Kilemi Mwiria, and came up with the findings among them scrapping of schools ranking system and the fees payment in secondary schools. Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi on Wednesday justified the criteria used in the controversial Form One selection.
This followed a public outcry that the process was flawed and that some pupils with high marks missed slots in national and extra county schools.
Addressing a press conference at Jogoo House in Nairobi, Prof Kaimenyi said that in placing candidates in national schools, competition was purely between students in the particular county.
This is meant to ensure that learners from all sub-counties have an equal chance for admission to national schools.
“There is, therefore, no competition for places between candidates in different sub-counties, this explains why a candidate with lower marks from a given sub-county can be selected to a national school while another with higher marks may not,” said Prof Kaimenyi.
The ministry picked top three boys and top three girls to automatically join national schools.
He added that after picking the six students, the remaining were placed in extra county schools of their choice if there was a vacancy.
If they missed a slot, they are placed in county or sub-county schools.