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Amina defies AG over D+ cut for teacher training

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has defied the Attorney General over the lowering of grades for teacher training, maintaining that she acted within her mandate. The CS told the Senate’s committee on education that the lowering of grades was done in accordance with legal provisions and following the Kenya National Qualifications Framework Regulations, 2018.She said that Article 56 of the Constitution empowers the government to put in place affirmative action programmes designed to ensure that minorities and the marginalised are provided with special opportunities in education. “The position of the ministry is that all legal provisions were considered in lowering the grades,” she said.She added that section 28 of the basic education act mandates the Cabinet Secretary for Education to implement the right of every child to free and compulsory basic education.Ms Mohamed last month ordered that the grades for diploma courses be lowered from a C+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education to C- and for certificates from C to D+.The CS lowered the grades for students from marginalised counties and backdated it to candidates who sat for KCSE from 2006.

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