Numerous technicalities that prevents students from getting grades that they deserve

posted Oct 18, 2013, 11:48 PM by Maurice Nyamoti   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 10:50 AM ]

Numerous technicalities that prevents students from getting grades that they deserve

Numerous technicalities that prevents students from getting grades that they deserve

Numerous technicalities that prevents students from getting grades that they deserve

Forget about reading, either you should also forget about what your students have covered or not, it’s not what she/he remembers. More than 40% of marks lost in an examination get buried in the exam room according to my private research I conducted with the form 1 class of my school. Poor planning and luck of urgency of an exam is to blame for poor results for the secondary schools newcomers and a section of school candidates. These are some of the mistakes that can be easily avoided if teachers detect them earlier enough. Without wasting any time there being, let me hit the nail on the head.


This is an act of answering questions by giving answers which are not related to the question’s theme. For example: a student may be asked to give the difference between a cell and a molecule however she then gives either definitions or advantages without clearly differentiating between the two or she gives uses instead of differences.


students should read all questions before putting ink on paper. Underline all the key words like define, express, limits, differentiate, substantiate, state, not, etc. understand fully what the examiner wants by putting yourself in his/her socks

Grammar and Spelling

Most students make grave mistakes by misspelling English, Swahili or French words. In most cases, examiners are lenient but the extent at which they tolerate misspelled words is when some of these words bring in a different meaning altogether. Not all subjects tolerate leniency though, this factor can deduct a huge junk of your hard earned marks into a drop in the sea.


set aside some minutes of your exam to proofread your answers, improve your grammar earlier if you notice that you have this problem(more newspapers and novels can do you good), keep talking using examinable languages, the way you speak is influenced by the way you write, in that case, rectifying becomes easier.

Poor Preparation

This is as a result of a student coming into the exam room with unbearable personal problems that are otherwise solvable. Carrying burdens into the exam room is like an excuse to fail exams. Home, personal and other affairs should neither be brought near the exam room nor affect your pre-exam mood.


Prepare well before sitting in an exam room. Exams are not meant to condemn you into a miserable life, rather to test your capability based on the syllabus. An exam is a system of measure; you will not die if you are measured behind others but use this measure to build a working formula that can let you compete with the others.

Misinterpreting of questions

Most students lack the ability to understand the logic behind every question. While they are told to name, they describe, upon asked to state, they differentiate just as you can tell them to show with the aid of a diagram and they list.


This may be as a result of tension brought about by poor preparation or the inability by the student to identify key words. Therefore students should prepare well before exam time and hopefully exposed to numerous exams before final exams are held. Absent minded-ness and home sick problems are also contributors to this problem.


The inability for secondary school student to fail to answer common sense questions beats the logic of the Kenyan education curriculum. I asked my students to name which type of data is produced by microphones and gave answers as Video, Audio, Text, Graphic and Pointing. Quite frankly, only less than 70% of them got the right answer as audio. This is a clear show that most students don’t relate actual life with what they learn in class and that is why most science projects in secondary schools lack creativity value.


The current curriculum should be revised to meet Kenya’s needs and not to make donors happy. A computer syllabus for example covers traditional areas of computer technology like floppy disks instead of flash disks, windows XP instead of windows 8, office XP rather than office 2010 or 2013. It’s like we are competing on our own rather than the world. Students should also engage on projects that improves their creativity.


Some students fail exams because of making dirt on answer sheets like frequent erases of text and unreadable information. This is caused when a student doubts the answer or cheating. In most cases, these texts end up confusing the examiner who has no time to counter check the contents on paper.


Use the clearly laid guidelines to erase or scrub your contents. A Strike through line is recommended rather than erasing. Make sure the examiner clearly follows the arrangement to the latter by properly arranging your work in an orderly manner.


This is an act of repeating the same answer twice with different words. This act will never favor the candidate because examiners are more competent than the candidate. In most cases the candidate loses valuable marks for this act thus low grades


Every answer should be unique in its own way. Further clarification of the answer is necessary to avoid unnecessary speculation.


Poor handwriting lowers the morale of an examiner. An examiner should be made comfortable while putting red ink on your paper. its your responsibility to write words and numbers that can easily be readable without strain.


Write texts that are readable. Most examiners prefer upright text to front or backward leaning. Its as simple as pass the message using easy words and well planned and written pieces of text. Stop being complicated.

Answering of Questions

Most students leave questions unanswered. Even common sense questions


Hard questions should be attempted at all means. Never leave questions blank even though you have no idea about them, ' a learned man knows something about everything and everything about something'

Further explanation

Short answers sometime are mistakenly wronged for wrongful reasons


Substantiate your answers to give a clear view to the examiner. Good argument in your answer can alter the marking scheme to accommodate your answer.
Good Luck!