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Oldest 2021 KCSE candidate, 74-year-old prisoner among 46,151 who scored scored E

tv47.co.ke 04/25/2022

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Grapton Olutwait sitting for the KCSE exams. PHOTO / Nation.

A 74-year-old inmate at Naivasha Maximum Security Prison scored an E grade in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

Grapton Olutwait, managed 10 points in the results released by Education CS George Magoha on Saturday afternoon.

Olutwait was handed a life sentence six years ago for a sexual-related offence.

He was hopeful of getting good grades and join a tertiary institution within the correctional facility.

Among the 16 other convicts who sat for the KCSE at the facility, he was the oldest.

The officer in charge at the prison Hassan Tari said that 11 of the candidates had D and above. Isaac Sitati was celebrated after scoring 36 points (C-).

Although not the best of performances, Tari commended the effort noting the challenges faced by the inmates studying for the exams in an unconventional learning environment.

“Unlike other candidates, we don’t have laboratories and have to rely on neighboring schools but the inmates managed to overcome that,” said Tari.

According to the officer, the education system has proved to be a good rehabilitation program with over 1,500 inmates enrolled.

Too many Grade E worry Kenyans

Olutwait was among the 46,151 candidates who scored E in 2021 KCSE exam. This number has increased from about 20,000 in the 2020 exam.

Out of the 46,151 students who scored E, 26,578 were males while 19,573 were females.

This number has startled Kenyans with many vouching for the new Competency-Based Curriculum to fix the problem and help learners reach their potential.

“That’s where the focus should be how do we help out…what can be done? Its not a matter of just repeating no critical analysis needed to evaluate and reduce the figures in future…but again remember how the syllabus have been hurried along the way due to corona some students are not capable of that kind of marathon,” says Munyasa Patrick.

Celestine Musila, however, says that scoring E does not equate to failure in life.

“E graders are successful in life. They always focus on their gifts and talents,” she says.

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