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Cabinet approves 10 year jail term bill for exam cheating

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The Kenyan cabinet has approved a bill that could see exam cheats spend up to 10 years in prison or/and get a fine not exceeding two million shillings. The proposal, which is contained in the Kenya National Examinations Council Bill 2012, also proposes among other issues a five year jail term for those who collude and facilitate examination leakage.

“A person who, recklessly or willfully, assists or causes any examination candidate to obtain or gain unauthorized possession of any examination paper, material or information or any part thereof, commits an offence and shall be liable, upon conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or a fine not exceeding two million shillings, or to both,” states the bill.

The provisions of the bill only apply to exams administered by KNEC which include finals of the Primary (KCPE) and Secondary (KCPE) education. KNEC also manages Teachers exams and some technical and business courses.

The bill defines an exam cheat as “a person who, before, or during an examination conducted by the Council, has in his or her possession or under his or her control any examination paper or any part thereof, or any material or information purporting to relate to the contents of any paper or material for that examination.”

Cabinet also approved the Universities Bill 2012 that ensures that all public and private universities will be governed under one law. Universities will however maintain their individual identities and character through their character.

The bill also outlines how universities will have a framework for a credible alumni system and makes it possible for the alumni to be actively engaged in the management of Universities.

Another bill that will definitely come as a relief to Kenyan students abroad is the Kenya Qualification Framework Bill 2012 which will establish a framework for accreditation and standardized transfer of credits between local and international universities.

The main aim of the education bills is to synchronize the education sector to the constitution especially the bill or rights in regards to children rights and aspirations of vision 2030.

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