The owners of private academies have raised questions over the sudden dip in performance of their institutions especially in the just released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results.
Private schools have for decades produced the bulk of top students in national exams, but public institutions turned the tables on them.
However, Education PS Dr Julius Jwan has denied accusations that moderation of the results was done to favour public school candidates, dismissing the claims as a myth.
“Why would we do it this time? What would we want to achieve? These are all Kenyan children and they did quite well. Let’s not do business and play politics with the future of young people,” said Jwan.
According the PS, the standardization cannot be done for selected schools only but for the entire examination.
Jwan said that the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic might have affected the performance of private schools since many of them faced financial difficulties and hence released their teachers while others were on half pay.
“When we reopened for Standard Eight and Grade Four, they brought in only a few teachers for those classes whereas all teachers came back in public schools. This gave a lot of support to the candidates. This could have been a factor,” he said.
Kenyan private schools ordinarily charge parents a premium based on the strength of their superior exam performance, as well as their better infrastructure and facilities compared to public learning institutions.