If you went through some selected national schools, then you agree with me that the questions on the examination papers during KCSE are no strangers. Their familiarity is as good as the revision questions done a few weeks before the national examinations.
This leaves us with only one deduction, these teachers are the ones that set the national examinations, and otherwise even if they were angels, how would they ‘time’ examinations with such accuracy of word to word in a sentence?
It would be right if such teachers who set examination come across all levels of schools in the republic. National schools have state of art facilities, they are given the best teachers as each teachers aims to teach in a national school, they set the examinations, they mark the examinations. But those in rural schools are the form four leavers who managed to score C+ and above who teach without training. And hence a question comes are we to blame students for failing or those who help them learn?
In those big schools students are taught computer studies, reference books are abundant, during admission a student is supposed to have a calculator, the libraries there are well equipped, there is electricity and the environment there is conducive for learning. So where does it leave the child in a rural school? Children who see a calculator only during the examination? a child whose only interaction with a test tube is when they visit a ‘neighboring school’ or during the national examination period, a laboratory is a vocabulary as to them. And many issues I think the government ought to do something.
What do you propose? Do you think there is equality in learning across the nation? What is it that you feel should be done?