Last month, the Education Ministry abolished the ranking of schools and candidates to reduce cut-throat competition and cheating in national examinations. According to the Cabinet Secretary (CS), the new policy was aimed at ending unethical practices by teachers in the rush for top positions.
While releasing the 2014 KCPE results on Monday, Prof Kaimenyi defended the decision not to release any orders of performance ranking, saying there were more demerits of performance ranking that were benefits. He said using mean score alone did not accurately reflect the performance of a school as there are were other factors that would have to be considered, including the facilities available. Besides, he said, ranking affects the morale of teachers and students in schools that are deemed to be regularly performing poorly.
“Your self esteem goes down. It kills innate talent and allows stigmatisation,” Prof Kaimenyi said.
The CS also said ranking creates unfavourable competition as it was not fair to compare schools with distinct differences.
Many schools had even stopped teaching non-examinable subjects such as music and and the arts as a result, he said.
He said due the competition had given rise to unscrupulous practices including illegal tuition during weekends and holidays, despite it having been banned.
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