Kericho County Governor, Prof. Paul Chepkwony has written a guide for students sitting national examinations which he says, if followed, could eliminate the need for cheating in national examinations. There was an outcry following massive cheating last year which led to sacking of the entire management staff of the Kenya National Examination Commission.
The book, Roadmap to Academic Excellence, was launched by the Governor at the Kericho Teachers Training College where he announced that the County Government has set aside Shs3 million to fund student motivational programmes in the County
Key to Passing Exams
Prof. Chepkwony told the students, “I wish to advice you, my dear sons and daughters, that you can pass your examinations without going through the shortcut route of stealing. What you need is to have confidence in yourselves, believe in God and ensure that you have covered the syllabus.”
The Governor, who is a former professor of organic chemistry at the Moi University in Eldoret, says in his book that good school administration and teaching contributes 65 per cent in a student’s ability to pass examinations while good books contribute 25 per cent. Buildings contribute nine per cent while other things related to studies contribute only one per cent.
For this reason, the book devotes a good part focusing on teacher improvement and successful teaching methods.
Using his methods, the professor says, teachers can easily identify the questions that are often repeated in examinations and “quickly reteach the most frequent topics.”
He promises that a school which follows the advice given in his book will easily get a mean score of 10.00 points in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
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