The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary General, Akelo Misori, came to the defence of schools put in the spotlight over their KCSE 2022 performances.
Speaking in an interview on Spice FM on Friday, January 27, Misori explained that the improvement noted in some of the schools in Kisii and other parts of Nyanza was achievable.
He explained that there were different factors in play during each examination cycle hence the improved scores realised by the students.
"The results can shock you. I have taught in class where I had a mean of 4.2 and in two years I had a mean of 9.2.
"In this case, the common denominator is the school and teachers. The students are different. We do not have the same students every year," Misori asserted.
The SG also added that the majority of the schools - whose results had been questioned - were beneficiaries of the delocalisation programme that saw a number of teachers in top-performing schools reshuffled.
"Despite the noise of delocalisation, some teachers were doing very well in their schools and joined schools that were not performing well.
"In the first year, they struggle a bit but in four years you get good results as they now have their own candidates," he stated.
Nonetheless, he downplayed allegations of exam malpractice, noting that pre-exposure to the papers would not have greatly impacted the performance of the students that were weak academically.
The SG opined that the investigations would only affect the morale of the teachers and students.
"We need to interrogate the improvement of schools. It is discouraging the teachers as people assume that you cannot improve once you post bad results," he stated.
Meanwhile, the Senate Education Committee is set to begin its inquiry over the 2022 results as analysts noted that some of the mean grades of the schools were questionable.
This came after allegations that some of the students and schools had access to the marking schemes. Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) are yet to officially respond to the claims.