The release of KCSE results early this month painted smartly and roughly the headlines of Daily Newspapers and Weekly Magazines all over the country. Of course well performed schools celebrated while others on their side mourned. Journalists too could be seen reporting with ease from their respective locations to the papers making news worth reading.
However, to NEP, the situation was quite different. Students scooped Ys and demonstrations hitted to a high level. From the whole Garissa county, only two schools were unaffected by cancellation of the results. And the Mps from the area cried in parliament making the House for some hours. The Ministry was described with all sorts of sick adjectives.
Many were the students whose efforts bore no fruits after four years of learning, spending thousands of hours reading late into the nights. It was surely devastating. Now, they have to waste another year in school, and in uniform which they hated most. But doubt still remains whether they Will succeed next year or whether another tragedy will come to visit. On the other hand, Dadaab secondary schools’ students who are kept going by minimum scholarships to Canadian universities produced a mixture of good and bad results. Having the title ‘REFUGEE’ on their backs didn’t halt the students to do well in the National exams of a country which they belong not. Despite lack of Key facilities and basic needs, some students managed to score grades that maybe a student in Alliance High could not score, even though, there exist challenges and problems in every corner and curve of the camps. Therefore, I say bravo to all these students and urge the agencies concerned to increase scholarships. Moreover, it’s important to note that community secondary schools which registered for the exams their first time last year also tried to the best they can. Imagine doing science subjects without a laboratory accompanied by shortage of teachers. And as far as I am concerned, the first students from those schools deserve to be given scholarships just by putting considerations to how they managed to learn hardly without facilities.
Mohamed Hussein Hassan,