The trouble with Matiang’i’s order
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered that all teachers must be in their respective schools during the annual final examinations period (see story page 10).
Some teachers have however protested, saying since all other students will be at home apart from the candidates, they don’t see the need for being at school themselves. To an extent, the teachers have a point.
Keeping teachers at home, apart from the headmaster and the invigilators supervising the exams, is a good thing – it will limit the number of people roaming around exam centres and reduce the chances of cheating.
Making teachers remain at their workstations actually increases the chances of some of them colluding with crooked students and outsiders to cheat.
Matiang’i ordered all other students to be at home during the exam period to reduce the chances of exam cheating.
The year 2015 was one of the worst in terms of the annals of exam cheating in Kenyan history. Let’s make 2016 different.