Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha has accused some exam centre managers and teachers of encouraging exam malpractices.
Magoha noted that some centre manager and supervisors have been allowing the vice to happen under their nose in the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination ( KCSE). “Exam centre managers must stop being gullible and give children fake materials that only confuse them more. The government will not let you go without subjecting you to appropriate punishment,” Magoha said.
He disclosed that the government had noted some headteachers in charge of the exam centres were striving to leak papers for students. The CS said the centre managers were not helping the candidates but rather confusing them with the fake papers. He argued that students who revise for fake examination materials are normally negatively affected during exams because of the confusion, despite having adequately prepared to sit the exams. “Such candidates get confused and lose concentrations in the exam room after finding out that the revised papers are fake,” Magoha said.
The CS gave a stern warning that actions would be taken against whoever would be found colluding and engaging in such malpractices. He reiterated that the government will not lose focus in ensuring that the ongoing KCSE exams’ integrity is protected, and that they had listed areas and centres where such attempts of cheating in exams were rampant. “Examination exercise has been going on peacefully until a few days back when some rogue centre managers started confusing children with fake papers. We’ll catch up with you even on the internet,” Magoha said.
So far, more than 832 foreign materials have been confiscated in the ongoing KCSE exams across the country. The CS was speaking during the opening and supervision of the KSCE exams in Homa Bay town on Wednesday, April 7. Magoha, accompanied by Homa Bay County Commissioner Moses Lilan, the county police commander Esther Seroney and other officials from the education sector, asked security officers to remain extra vigilant when manning exams.
“Appropriate action is going to be taken against a student who photographed an exam paper so the paper can be done for them elsewhere,” he said. This comes a just day after a high school principal in Machakos county was arrested for posting KCSE Mathematics papers on her WhatsApp status for candidates to revise overnight ahead of the actual exam on Tuesday, April 6.