The trou­ble with Matiang’i’s or­der

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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.

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