, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has blamed increased cases of cheating in national exams on the Executive.
In a statement, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said the arrest of 15 candidates in Mombasa, plus separate arrests of teachers and varsity students for exam fraud was hardly surprising given the government’s refusal to postpone the national examinations on account of the public school teachers’ strike.
“Many students were inadequately prepared for the examinations after the careless handling of a dispute with teachers led to one of the longest strikes ever in our country. The education sector has this year alone, lost seven valuable weeks of learning instruction period. The candidates for KCSE examinations not fully prepared,” Sossion said.
He renewed calls to President Uhuru Kenyatta to fire Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi on whose doorstep he laid the blame.
“Cheating has intensified over the last three years under Professor Kaimenyi’s watch,” Sossion charged.
He went on to argue that it was therefore evident that the scrapping school ranking had done nothing to curb the vice.
“Kenyans were told that by doing so the government was addressing the issue of examination cheating which Professor Kaimenyi attributed to ranking.”
Kaimenyi however in turn accused Sossion of trying to use exam cheating to push the teachers’ pay agenda.
“Cheating didn’t begin when I assumed office,” he defended.
When Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) CEO Joseph Kivilu ruled out postponement of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, he said students couldn’t be said to be ill-prepared as they were being tested on a year’s worth of learning.
Nevertheless, Sossion has called on Kenyans to pray for the education standards in the country which he insists have gone downhill since Kaimenyi took over the education docket.
“We urge the citizens of this country to rise up and pray for the salvation of our education. He has ridiculed teachers and he is associated with everything that is wrong in the education sector.”