Let’s Not Gamble with Children’s Future: Kenyan Catholic Bishops on Disputed School Result

A screenshot of members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) during a press conference. Credit: KCCB

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have weighed in on the disputed Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results that had numerous discrepancies, and cautioned the government against jeopardizing children's future through issuing of erroneous exam results.

On Thursday, November 23, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) released the KCPE results. However, some parents and schools expressed dissatisfaction as discrepancies in the results raised questions among stakeholders.

In their statement issued Wednesday, November 29, Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) say, “We express our bewilderment on the KCPE results saga. Something is surely very wrong with the announced results.”

“It is beyond comprehension how an entire class can score the same mark in a subject, and that there can be a mix up of subjects and individual results, posting results for exams not taken like sign language,” the Bishops say.

Calling for a “serious review” of the results before the selection to form one, KCCB members add, “We cannot gamble with the future of our children, caused by the incompetence of those charged with the exams, or due to foul play of corrupt operators.”


The discrepancies in the results included the incorrect assignment of marks to certain candidates and the allocation of grades for subjects that candidates did not sit for.

Additionally, there were cases of identical scores being assigned different grades and situations where candidates received higher grades despite having lower scores.

Concerned candidates, parents, and schools have voiced their grievances to the KNEC, urging prompt rectification.

On its part, the country’s examinations body acknowledged receiving complaints from candidates and various schools.

KNEC has attributed the discrepancies to the Short Message Provider (SMS) and not the examinations body.

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The examinations entity has stated that candidates have a 30-day window to raise concerns about their scores.

In their statement, the Catholic Bishops in Kenya express their concern about the country’s education sector which they say is suffering from what they call “deep systemic ills”.

The Bishops have called for concerted efforts in restoring KNEC's credibility.

“Our future is in our children and in education, so we all need to come together to solve this puzzle for the good of our future generations,” the Bishops say in the statement that their chairman, Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde of Mombasa Archdiocese signed.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.