Matiang’i briefs MPs on exam cheating at a private session

March 29, 2016 12:29 pm
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The CS told the MPs that the information he is sharing with them is too sensitive and can only be given in a private session before journalists were kicked out/FILE
The CS told the MPs that the information he is sharing with them is too sensitive and can only be given in a private session before journalists were kicked out/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has asked for a private session with Parliament’s education committee to brief them on the extent of cheating in national examinations.

The CS told the MPs that the information he is sharing with them is too sensitive and can only be given in a private session before journalists were kicked out.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has prepared a detailed explosive report showing how teachers and officials of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) infiltrated the system to leak examination papers to candidates.

Also expected to feature at the meeting will be the proposed change of the 8-4-4 education curriculum, which will be determined in Wednesday’s national educational conference.

Last week Interior Cabinet Secretary General Joseph Nkaissery ordered arrest of top officials of KNEC over rampant examinations leakage after the board was dissolved Thursday morning.

Nkaissery on Thursday ordered nine KNEC officials who include Chef Executive Officer Joseph Kivilu to be arrested immediately if they don’t present themselves to the police.

According to Nkaissery, the officials had allegedly participated in destroying the education future of thousands of students and needed to be held accountable.

Others facing arrest are Senior Deputy Examinations Secretary Ambia G. Noor, Deputy Secretary for Security Maundu Mantenzawa and Principal Examinations Secretary Thomas McKenzie.

Also in the list is Senior Deputy Secretary for Reprographics Sarah Majani, Senior Deputy Secretary Bobby Nyagah Mwai, Senior Deputy Secretary for ICT Geoffrey Gitogo, Principal Supply Chain Manager Michael Ndua and Deputy Secretary Richard Mwangangi.

According to Matiang’i the KNEC Board was disbanded after evidence showed that the officials were involved in the cheating menace in schools.

Former University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor George Magoha was appointed to be the chairman of the examinations council as part of measures to redeem its dented image.

Matiang’i also said that the government will bring to account everyone who has been involved in the leaking of national examinations that has left more than 5,000 students without national examination certificates.

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