Knec in stricter mea­sures to stop na­tional exam cheat­ing

This comes in the wake of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties re­ported in var­i­ous schools in coun­try

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY NA­TION TEAM news­­tion­ Re­ported by Ouma Wanzala, Reitz Mureithi, Waikwa Maina and Ti­tus Oteba

Al­ready, three can­di­dates sit­ting KCSE have been dis­qual­i­fied

The na­tional ex­am­iner has tight­ened man­age­ment of na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions in the wake of at­tempts by both can­di­dates and teach­ers to get ac­cess to ma­te­ri­als be­fore the stip­u­lated time.

Yes­ter­day, more prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries joined the team that has been su­per­vis­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the ex­am­i­na­tions.

For the sec­ond day run­ning, the teams vis­ited schools that had recorded cases of at­tempted ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties as lead­ers of pri­vate schools, which have been the main sus­pects in the mis­con­duct, were sum­moned for a meet­ing.

The meet­ing, set to take place to­day at Jo­goo House and chaired by Ed­u­ca­tion Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Fred Ma­tiang’i, will dis­cuss the role of pri­vate schools in ad­min­is­tra­tion of na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions, a day af­ter St Theresa Girls’ Se­nior School in Nakuru was dereg­is­tered for break­ing the rules.

“Those who are at­tempt­ing to get un­due ac­cess to the ex­am­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als won’t go any­where. We will catch up with them just the way we have done with a few at­tempts last week,” said Kenya Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil chair­man Ge­orge Magoha. Prof Magoha, who vis­ited Aga Khan High School in Nairobi, said those caught would not be spared.

Al­ready, three can­di­dates sit­ting this year’s Kenya Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion exam who en­gaged in mis­con­duct last week have been dis­qual­i­fied and kicked out of ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres.

Dr Ma­tiang’i said a three­level se­cu­rity man­age­ment sys­tem was in­tro­duced in this year’s ex­am­i­na­tion to curb ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties like those wit­nessed last year.

“The man­age­ment of the ex­am­i­na­tion has been im­proved. We have in­tro­duced three lev­els of se­cu­rity,” Dr Ma­tiang’i said last month. Yes­ter­day, he was in Nyan­darua and Ki­nan­gop.

PSS Betty Maina (East Africa), Dr Khadija Kas­sa­choon (Labour) and Ms Su­san Mochache (So­cial Pro­tec­tion) also joined the mon­i­tor­ing teams.

Speak­ing when she mon­i­tored ex­am­i­na­tions at AIC Isinya Girls, Ms Mochache urged teach­ers and can­di­dates to avoid cheat­ing.

Some cases have been re­ported at Our Lady of Mercy Girls, Shauri Moyo, Furqan In­te­grated in Wa­jir and Lang’ata pri­vate cen­tre, among oth­ers.

At St Theresa Bikeke Sec­ondary School in Trans Nzoia County, the prin­ci­pal and a chem­istry teacher were taken to court over ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties last week. Mr Jerry Ndikolo, a teacher at Sawag­ongo Sec­ondary School in Si­aya County, also ap­peared in court last week.

Teach­ers Ser­vice Com­mis­sion CEO Nancy Macharia said those linked to ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties would be dis­missed and pros­e­cuted. “The ex­ams must be guarded prop­erly and no­body should be al­lowed to ruin can­di­dates’ lives,” she said.

In Nakuru, a can­di­date was stabbed to death at a cir­cum­ci­sion cel­e­bra­tion dur­ing the week­end.

In Bun­goma, a can­di­date at Mabusi Sec­ondary School in Kan­duyi died at the county re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal while sit­ting the test.

Those at­tempt­ing to get un­due ac­cess to the ex­am­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als won’t go any­where. We will catch up with them,” Ge­orge Magoha, Knec chair­man


Knec chair­man Ge­orge Magoha at Sawag­ongo High School in Si­aya County where he in­spected the on­go­ing KCSE ex­am­i­na­tion on Mon­day.

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