.....Sam Gichuru: My parents had a group of schools. Earlier this year, my dad sat me down and told me why they went under.
To my utter surprise, he told me of how cartels in Kenya National Examinations Council had taken over the exams exercise.
This is what they would do: Once a school has a class of eight or form four, these cartels would come to the owner, and have you pay a certain percentage.
You do that and they will increase your students marks by say 50 mks and reduce the marks of students whose schools are around the same area who havent paid by the same marks... So what this does is create an equilibrium...
Obviously, if your students don't "perform well" for some 2 to 3 years, students reduce and you end up closing the school.
The thought of lives destroyed as a result these cartels is simply unimaginable.
This year’s KCSE will go down as one of the most credible in the history of the examinations, with many people feeling that the results revealed the true potential of the schools which were traditionally regarded as the best.
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