KCSE ex­ams in­tegrity es­sen­tial for Kenya

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Start­ing to­day, 577,079 stu­dents will be busy tak­ing their fi­nal Kenya Sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion ex­ams across the coun­try. The 2015 Kenya Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion ex­am­i­na­tions recorded the high­est num­ber of exam cheat­ing cases in this coun­try’s his­tory, ris­ing by 71 per cent from 2,975 in 2014 to 5,101.

Apart from mi­nor in­stances, last week’s Kenya Cer­tifi­cate of Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ams went very well and the gov­ern­ments needs to en­sure the in­tegrity of the mark­ing.

The KCSE ex­ams are im­por­tant for both stu­dents and par­ents as they mark the tran­si­tion to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

It is there­fore vi­tal that ex­am­i­na­tion in­vig­i­la­tion be closely mon­i­tored to en­sure that school heads and teach­ers do not col­lude with su­per­vi­sors and in­vig­i­la­tors to leak the ex­ams. Se­cu­rity needs to be en­hanced in all exam cen­tres.

There­fore, it is of ut­most im­por­tance that all the of­fi­cials in­volved ob­serve all the pro­ce­dures that are set to main­tain the in­tegrity of our pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions. This is a mat­ter of the great­est pub­lic in­ter­est.

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