Pros and Cons of Ranking Schools in Kenya National Examinations

Rono Kiplangat Kenneth


In the world, ranking of schools based on their examination performance presents an enormous challenge. The national development goal has guided and reinforced the formulation of current educational policy in Kenya. Recent policy initiative have focused on the ban on ranking of schools in national examinations in Kenya. The government has been under pressure to rescind its ban on ranking of performance of schools and candidates in national examinations. There are reasons why the ministry of Education dropped ranking of schools and candidates. Ranking of schools in national examinations is still an area of great concern for many stakeholders in Kenya. The current debate on the status of education in Kenya mainly touches on ranking of performance in national examination. Pros and cons of school ranking has elicited fierce debate. There is need to address this issue so that quality in education is not compromised. Learners might also be left out as schools remain unchecked. The paper looks at the pros and cons of ranking schools in national examinations in Kenya. The arguments in this paper are informed by a number of secondary sources from which I gathered information. I have no doubt in my mind that this paper will allow the researcher to work with other researchers in education so as to critically reflect on contextualized achievements in education that will inform viable recommendations for sustainable development targets transcending 2015 agenda.
Key Terms: Ranking; Examination; Performance; Policy; Education.

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