The Star (Nairobi)

4 December 2012

Kenya: KCPE Questions Failing Blind Candidates, Union Says

  The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations kicked off on Tuesday morning with Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo warning ... ( Resource: Kenya National Examination Kick Off Countrywide

As KCPE starts today, visually challenged candidates are crying foul over certain anomalies in setting of exam questions. Kenya Union of the Blind Chairman Upper Western Branch Alex Ekirapa, said the style that KNEC applies in setting some questions disadvantages the blind.

"Some diagrams are drawn differently from how they appear on braille. A candidate using braille will automatically fail when answering the accompanying questions," he said.

He was speaking on Monday during the World's Disabled Day celebrations at Amagoro Polytechnic in Teso North district. He said the union had already petitioned Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo and appealed to him to address the issue so as avoid a repeat of the same during future national exams.

"Our minister is a very considerate person. He has intervened on the KCPE candidates who were at risk of missing the exams after their schools failed to register them. We hope he will do likewise for our members starting next year since the mistake is not of their own making," Ekirapa said."

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