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Kisumu West Sub County Quality Assurance and Standards Officer, Peter Obuya (right) in his office at Ojolla. He is with the Sub County Examinations Officer, Godfrey Mutende. Photo/Peter Amos

Concern raised over absentee candidates

By Peter Amos.

Concerns have been raised over candidates who register for national exams but do not attend classes, only to emerge later and demand to sit for the said tests.
“This is a worrying trend that can negatively affect education standards if nothing is done to stop it,” said Peter Obuya- Kisumu West Sub-County Quality Assurance and Standards Officer.
“The candidates register and then disappear only to come back to sit the exam. This is a candidate who wants to sit an exam without covering the syllabus content through lessons attendance,” said Obuya.
He suggested that a policy be formulated requiring that a student must be in school for a set minimum period and attend a given number of lessons so as to qualify to sit for national exams.
“The Education Ministry should have the authority to disallow such candidates from sitting national examinations,” said Obuya.

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