The majority of Kenyans believe the 2016 KCSE exam was marked correctly, according to an Ipsos survey.
The survey, conducted between January 9 and 26, indicates 77 per cent of respondents are “very confident” the marking was correct, despite questions pointing to a hurried process that led to release of the results on December 29.
A total 88,929 candidates scored at least C-plus grade, the minimum university entry requirement. In the 2015 exam, 169,492 candidates scored similar grades. The poll also found 78 per cent of Kenyans agree the results were worse, compared to the 2015 KCSE exam results. Of this, 90 per cent were Nairobi residents, Nyanza at 89, Central 83, North Eastern 80, Rift Valley 79 and Western and Eastern at 74. Only 51 per cent of respondents from the Coast region believe the results were worse.
A total of 2,057 respondents were interviewed. Of 1,507 respondents without children in secondary schools, 77 per cent were “very confident” about the marking and the results, 14 per cent were “somewhat confident” and a paltry nine per cent had no confidence in the marking.
Of 492 respondents with at least one child in a secondary school, 75 per cent had faith in the marking. In households without a teacher or a relative as a teacher, 76 per cent had confidence in the marking. In those with teachers or teaching relatives, 77 per cent trusted the marking.
Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion is on record calling for re-marking of the results, saying the results for individual subjects were not released.
“There was no standardisation and we cannot accept it,” he said, even as Education CS Fred Matiang’i ruled out auditing the results or re-marking the exam.
However, 48 per cent of respondents said they want the results audited. This was highest in the Rift Valley, at 59 per cent, Western 56, Coast 54, Nyanza 50, Northeastern 49, Central and Eastern 37 apiece, with Nairobi having the least calls. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.16 per cent, with a 95 per cent confidence level. It covered 42 counties.