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Knec has come un­der at­tack af­ter it emerged that the Kiswahili Paper Two exam had mis­takes. The paper was de­layed af­ter stu­dents coun­try­wide iden­ti­fied three ques­tions that had anom­alies. One ques­tion did not have enough space for an­swers, one had glar­ing spell­ing mis­takes and another was sup­posed to have an un­der­lined state­ment, but did not.

The Kenya Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil has come un­der scathing at­tack af­ter it emerged that the KCSE exam Kiswahili Paper Two had glar­ing mis­takes.

The exam had to be de­layed af­ter stu­dents coun­try­wide iden­ti­fied three ques­tions that had anom­alies, forc­ing in­vig­i­la­tors to seek di­rec­tion from Knec.

A se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, who de­clined to be named, said of­fi­cials from Knec had to be called af­ter stu­dents noted “scream­ing” anom­alies.

“In one of the ques­tions the stu­dents were to re­fer to a state­ment that was sup­posed to be un­der­lined but on check­ing there was noth­ing of the like,” the source said.

In another ques­tion, there were glar­ing spell­ing mis­takes that con­fused stu­dents, the of­fi­cial said.

The sit­u­a­tion wors­ened af­ter it emerged there was not enough space to an­swer ques­tions, the source said.

“Of­fi­cials from Knec were in­formed and ad­vised the stu­dents to start us­ing foolscaps to ad­dress the space anom­aly,” the source added.

But as the stu­dents were wind­ing up, the exam agency di­rected that they trans­fer all the ma­te­rial back to avail­able space on the ex­am­i­na­tion paper.

“The stu­dents were given only five min­utes to trans­fer the ma­te­ri­als and this was very un­fair as many did not man­age to do this,” the of­fi­cial said.

A teacher said they ex­pect poor per­for­mance in the Kiswahili paper due to the anom­alies. The teacher said the ques­tions and “con­flict­ing” di­rec­tives from Knec con­fused stu­dents.

A stu­dent said they were not given am­ple time to an­swer the three ques­tions that had anom­alies. The stu­dent said they were caught by sur­prise by the di­rec­tive to an­swer some ques­tions on foolscaps and then later given five min­utes to trans­fer them to the exam paper.

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