NASA Coalition Leader Raila Odinga has said he is “deeply concerned” at the high number of Kenyan students who have failed to qualify for university admission.
Results of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Education (KCSE) examinations show that only 11.38% of students managed to get at least Grade C+, which is the minimum university entry qualification.
Observing that close to 90 per cent of the KCSE candidates have failed, Mr Odinga said such results were “very worrying.”
“Our country needs skilled manpower to achieve its ambitious growth goals. Making the transition from high school to university is a significant, though not the only step, towards the realization of those national goals,” Mr Odinga said. “As the country commits resources to free learning and scales up enrolment, the whole purpose and value for money is lost when close to 90 per cent of those students eventually fail.”
He appealed to the Kenyan society to “listen to the cries of the candidates, the parents and teachers’ unions on this matter and have a serious conversation about this worrying trend of very low transition to university that has been witnessed in recent years.”
He added: “Our country demands it, we must not give up on our children.”
The NASA leader congratulated all the students who excelled in the KSCE “exams for realizing their dreams that are intertwined with the hopes and dreams of our nation.”
He also congratulated the teachers and the schools for the exemplary performance they have recorded.
Mr Odinga encouraged the students who failed the exams “never to lose confidence in what they are capable of achieving.”
The questions we should all be asking are, what has gone with our education system? Why should almost 90% of secondary school students fail to qualify for university? And where will all the failed students go to?