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Let's not bring back ranking of schools

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By Ronald Ngetich | August 30th 2016

For years, ranking of schools in national examinations has been a hot potato. Some say the Government was opposed to it because it reflected badly on public schools as private academies took almost all the top slots.

Be that as it may, the Government later abolished ranking of schools after KCPE and KCSE exams. But as we speak, some MPs are making efforts to reintroduce ranking of schools. This is not right because as a section of analysts have put it already, the said ranking does not capture the holistic development of the learner and is therefore is a bad idea.

Many factors contribute to a student’s overall performance, which ranking does not take into account. The challenges a candidate faces are not factored. Yet those who do not appear top on the list are seen as failures whereas they may be good in other areas.

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