The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education [ KCPE ] will be announced on Monday December 29, 2014. The results will be released at Mitihani House by Education Cabinet Secretary, Professor Jacob Kaimenyi.
Parents, guardians and students can obtain their results instantly, by sending their index number to 22252. Unlike prior years, there will be no academic rankings of our primary schools. In previous years, schools were ranked based on the top performing and worst performing schools per county. However, this practice was recently banned by Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.
There are problems with this ban
With the ban on academic rankings, we as parents will never have the right data or information to help us determine which schools we should send our kids to. Without the right data, we are apt to make mistakes. How? To begin with, we could send our children to schools which we could never even think of sending them to, if we had the right information. Our kids could end up in academically dead schools, with deadwood teachers.
Second of all, mediocrity hates data and will definitely fall in love with this ban. It is probably sitting at a comfy corner right now smiling about how beautiful this ban is. Mediocrity just wants to get by and has no incentive to raise it's own academic bar. Without rankings, we have encouraged mediocrity.
Academic mediocrity works great for apathetic parents, and lazy students and teachers. With this ban on academic rankings, mediocre schools will have no incentive to improve. In the same way, the top performing schools will have no information with which to use, in order to raise the academic bar even higher.
Now harder to clean up deadwood
Thirdly, by removing academic rankings, we have removed primary school academic accountability from the counties. With the data on the worst performers withheld or not being made available, how do county leaders allocate resources? How do they know which schools need more teachers, or other reasources? And deadwood teachers. How do they get rid of those, without data?
Lastly but not least, academic rankings are the norm all over the world. By drifting away from international academic norms, how do we compare our academic performance against other countries? Examinations are there for a reason and one of the reasons is to establish academic capability based on given standards.
Information is power. It helps the people involved, to make better decisions. At heart, all Kenyans want to make better decisions. Approaching Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mwanyagetinge.com/2014
Most of the developed world ranks schools from primary school all the way to universities. Japan does it. So does The UK, Australia, USA, Netherlands, Canada and so many others. We live in an interconnected world and comparing our academic growth with other countries helps us to see our levels of academic development, on a set of given standards.