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Raila Odinga Alleges Procurement Disputes Led to Anomalies in 2023 KCPE Results

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Israel Ojoko
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Raila Odinga Alleges Procurement Disputes Led to Anomalies in 2023 KCPE Results

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has linked the anomalies observed in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam results to procurement disputes within the Ministry of Education.

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This controversy emerged after Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu released the results on November 23, which showed misaligned marks for some candidates and allegations of uniform scores in a specific school.

Claims of tender irregularities

Odinga alleges that a UK-based firm, initially contracted in 2016 to uphold the integrity of the exams by printing them, was replaced in 2023 by a company based on Mombasa Road.

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According to Odinga, the UK-based firm's contract was terminated because it refused to provide kickbacks. The Mombasa Road-based company, allegedly lacking the requisite capacity, outsourced the printing to an Indian firm. Odinga suggests that this outsourcing led to errors in the examination process.

Call for investigation

The opposition leader has called for a thorough investigation into the award of the tender to the Mombasa-based company.

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Odinga claims that the anomalies observed in the KCPE results were due to a flawed examination process, with candidates receiving grades for subjects they did not sit for and others having their marks in science, social studies, and religious studies truncated.

Response from the Kenya National Examinations Council

In response to the complaints, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) conducted a review and found no evidence of malpractice regarding the identical scores issue. They attributed this possibility to the nature of multiple-choice exams.

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However, they did acknowledge that there were errors in the SMS results retrieval service but asserted that the results displayed on their online portal were accurate.

Preserving the integrity of Kenyan examinations

Odinga has written to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and twelve other bodies, emphasizing the need to safeguard the integrity of Kenyan examinations.

He has also suggested a meeting with education stakeholders, including religious organizations and government bodies, to address the credibility of the recent KCPE exams and the certification linked to it.

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