The Ministry of Education under Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has busted the ghost schools registering Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates.
Speaking during a meeting with directors and managers of private schools on Friday, 22 October, Nairobi County Regional Director of Education, Jared Obiero, said private institutions comprise the majority of the schools involved in the syndicate.
Schools were accused of registering ghost candidates after the ministry ordered the institutions with less than 30 candidates to be merged and set up examination centres.
Kenya National Examination Centre’s CEO, Mercy Karogo directed the affected institutions to register students in neighboring schools.
“These schools, most of which are in Kamakunji and Eastley, are leading the way in registering ghost candidates to circumvent the government’s directive on the number of required candidates.”
“You have registered fake students in your portal. If you are 15, you intentionally added 15 others who are not going to take the exam because you wanted to retain your exam center,” said Carogo.
Obiero directed deputy county education directors to immediately begin an investigation into the matter and file a report with the ministry in the shortest possible time.
These officers will conduct the financial and physical audit of the nominal rolls of the schools and also inspect the registration details provided by the schools.
We are cheating the government and causing unnecessary waste to our economy.
“It is already an examination irregularity. If we find you guilty, we will write to KNEC to take action,” Oberlo warned.
However, the Kenya Private Schools Association denied the allegations, saying they were baseless.