Attached to tweets here and here is a video allegedly from Citizen TV following the release of the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results. Those featured in the video are all alleged to be the top candidates from that year’s result.
Between 1964 and 1985, Kenya adopted the 7-4-2-3, seven years in primary school, four years in lower secondary, two years in upper secondary, and three years in university. This system, however, came under criticism. According to (Owino, 1997), the education system lacked the capacity and flexibility to respond to the changing aspiration of individual Kenyans and the labor market needs in terms of new skills, new technologies, and the attitude to work. Various entities pushed for reforms in the education sector, including the Kenya National Assembly’s Select Committee on unemployment (1970).
Following the MacKay report of 1982, the 8-4-4 system, eight years in primary, four years in secondary, and four years in university, was introduced in 1985. The first candidates sat for their KCSE exams in 1989. At the same time, the candidates of the last Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) class were also doing their exams. Since then final-year students in secondary school annually sit for this exam. KCSE is important as it is an entrance requirement for universities and colleges in Kenya.
Some parts of the video represent what actually aired on Citizen TV after the release of the 2021 KCSE results. However, some features were manipulated.
To begin with, according to the host, Jeriel Ndeda Obura was joining the broadcast live from Royal Media Services, Kisumu office but the background of the boy in the video shows a closet and a bed meaning this video was shot at home and not in an office.
The question is asked on this timecode 1:52 in the video uploaded on Citizen TV’s YouTube channel. The boy in the viral video is not the same person interviewed by Citizen TV. The young man from the viral video is a content creator on TikTok under the username will.andenga. His account has other news parody videos featuring different journalists and events.
The video allegedly shared by Citizen TV is FAKE.