In Summary
  • The data for the past five years indicate that 2017 had the highest number of candidates who failed at 12,438.
  • In 2016, some 6,267 trainees failed, 2015 had 4,358 while 2,074 failed in 2014.
  • This year, 10,457 out of 29,530 candidates failed in their examinations and will have to resit the exams next year.

The Ministry of Education has set up a team to investigate the mass failure of primary school teacher trainees in national examinations for the last five years.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the team from the Directorate of Quality Assurance will look into the reasons for the mass failure, which she said is worrying.

“I cannot speculate what is happening in teachers training colleges for now until I get the report so that we can understand where the problem is,” said Ms Mohamed while briefing journalists on the ongoing national exams at the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) headquarters in Nairobi.

However, Knec chairman Prof George Magoha has a reason why more than half of candidates who sit Primary Teachers Education (PTE) examinations fail every year.

RESIT EXAMS

“These candidates are not reading and that is why they are failing in mass,” said Prof Magoha, noting that what Knec sets for candidates is in the syllabus.

The data for the past five years indicate that 2017 had the highest number of candidates who failed at 12,438. In 2016, some 6,267 trainees failed, 2015 had 4,358 while 2,074 failed in 2014.

This year, 10,457 out of 29,530 candidates failed in their examinations and will have to resit the exams next year.

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