In about a week's time, the 2011 examination results for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education will be released. If the past is anything to go by, there should be a number of administrative errors just waiting to come out of the Kenya National Examination Council's closet.
And predictably as well, the reactionary local media will ferociously put KNEC on the spot, for once again failing in its own homework, even as it oversees the grading of students and schools, based on their performance in the secondary school leaving exams.
Here is a thought though. Why shouldn't the scrutiny and media attention start prior to the release of the exams?
For starters, the Minister of Education can be asked or tasked with giving an assurance that the results and rankings he is schedule to release in the coming days, have been certified as being free from errors, human, computer, or otherwise.
That every mix-up in ranking of schools or individuals has been rectified.
That all the averages add up, that all A-grades are deserved and all failures have been appropriately earned.
That all cases of cheating and other malpractices have been validly identified, cross-checked and the fate of the culprits justifiably sealed.
That the KNEC website will be able to handle the expected surge in traffic, when the results are released, ad nauseam.
Or will this deny the media a revered opportunity to revel in the misfortunes of KNEC?