Why grouping of students according to ability is unfair


A teacher and her pupils inside a classroom during a lesson.

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What you need to know:

  • Ability grouping upsets the special bonds students have built over the period of study at the school.
  • All students have the potential to succeed to the best possible potential, however varied their abilities.

A little more than 10 years ago, the authorities of a secondary school announced that it would group that year’s KCSE candidates according to their abilities. The announcement meant that students would be grouped into classrooms or streams according to their academic achievement.


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