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How students without KCSE results will be affected, leaders 'reveal'

Charles Ronald
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Candidates sitting for their exams. [Source/africa.cgtn.com]

A section of leaders from Garissa County has faulted the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) for the withholding and cancellation of examination results of schools in North Eastern.

The leaders said the move to withhold the results of students from the region will negatively affect them.

Led by Fafi legislator Abdikarim Osman, the leaders said if Knec decides to cancel the results of the students, they are likely to join illegal groups like Al-Shabaab.

In Garissa sub-county, the results of more than 200 candidates who sat 2018’s KCSE were cancelled while some were withheld pending investigations into allegations of irregularities.

Mr Osman said the candidates who fail to get their results may be lured into joining the militant groups adding that the youths are a soft target for those recruiting youth into gangs and radicalisation by terror groups.

Speaking to journalists at a Nairobi Hotel on Sunday, the MP said that education plays a key role in keeping North Eastern youth from being radicalised.

“Withholding the KCSE results of some schools in North Eastern will negatively affect our candidates. The move provides fertile ground for illegal groups to recruit the youths as they don’t feel they are getting what is required from their own government,” said Mr Osman.

Also present in the meeting was Mohamed Atosh, the former Garissa secretary-general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) who asked the Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to release the results of the candidates.

“We are asking CS Amina Mohamed to release the results. Withholding the results is more than painful to students who went without teachers for months after non-local teachers relocated over insecurity,” said Mr Atosh.

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