Many learners from different schools will be disadvantaged following the new rules by the Kenya National Examinations Council concerning registration of examination centers. Details reveal that the new Knec exam order may fuel school dropouts.
The remote rural areas will be affected the most by the Knec rules. In Baringo County, Nakoko primary school and Toplen primary school in Tiaty do not have the minimum number of learners that will make these schools qualify to be KCPE examination centers. In the new rule by Knec, each registered examination center is expected to have minimum of 40 learners. Nakoko and Toplen both have 15 and 12 class eight pupils respectively. Additionally these two schools are 20 kilometers apart. More saddening revelation is that even if the learners of these two schools are combined, they will not reach the minimum number required by Knec in order to be registered for the 2021 national examination.
Details illustrate that the learners from both Nakoko and Toplen will be forced to treck very many kilometres looking for a host school where they will sit for their national examinations.
An elder identified as Mr Judah Losutan from Tiaty reveal that the new directives by the Kenya National Examinations Council will be a major obstacle to basic education in this region. He added that the rules will result to a very high rate of dropout from schools if the ministry of education will not intervene.
Judah Losutan revealed that most of the parents in the region are illiterate and will withdraw their children from schools if Knec rules will not be reviewed. He explained that schools which can host learners from this region are over 30 kilometers away and parents will not bother themselves taking their children that far. He added that parents will not allow their children to walk for many kilometres away from their the local residence.
As a result of sparse population in Baringo County, the residents are now complaining that the learning institutions in the area cannot meet the minimum number of learners as required by Knec. A report reveals that almost all schools have 15 pupils each. Some of these schools include Chemoe, Barketiew, Kagir, Kamwetio, Yatya among others.
Many other schools have very few learners as a result of banditry attacks in the region. The schools are also many kilometres apart which is a challenge and parents cannot allow them to walk for the many kilometers citing that some of the areas may be insecure for their children to walk through.
Many other schools especially in the pastoral communities will have a major challenge due to the low number of learners in the learning institutions.
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