NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 28 – Results for 534 students who sat last year\’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) were cancelled due to various irregularities including collaborating with invigilators.
The results released on Monday by Education Minister Professor Sam Ongeri involve 66 schools in 50 districts countrywide.
Although the Minister noted that techniques employed by students and teachers to cheat in the examinations were sophisticated, the actual number of students involved had dropped significantly compared to previous years.
"I note that the number of candidates involved in examination irregularities dropped significantly to 534 (0.14percent) in 2010 from 1,171(0.35 percent) in 2009," he said.
The Kenya National Examinations Council noted that the cases recorded in 2010 were the lowest number of examination irregularities for the last 10 years.
"This is an encouraging turn of events and I thank all those who have participated in the fight against this vice," he added.
The minister said he was disturbed by some of the techniques the candidates used to perform irregularities and warned of tight measures in this year\’s examinations.
"Some candidates defied the school administration and collected money in advance with the intention of purchasing examination papers," Prof Ongeri said.
Some parents, he said, facilitated cheating by bringing mobile phones for their girls in boarding schools during the prayer day.
"The headteacher, Ruiru St Triza Academy entered into the examination room without permission when the examination was in progress and placed a mathematical table with prepared notes on the desk of one of the candidates but it was intercepted by the invigilator," the minister revealed.
In another incident: "The proprietor of John Okongo Secondary School and principal, Kebaroti Secondary School organized for impersonation in their schools."
"This impersonation was organised so as to assist the daughter of the proprietor who was a candidate in the same school while the headteacher of Rigoma Secondary School tried to bribe a KNEC officer and was apprehended by the police and charged in court such cases are very disturbing to me. Why should adults go to such lengths to commit irregularities," the minister wondered.
Prof Ongeri said the examinations body was aware of schools which had resorted to hire former candidates who had performed well to re-sit the examinations so as to boost performance index for the schools.
"Some other institutions use unorthodox methods to attain good results. I warn such institutions that henceforth that such practice must end because severe disciplinary action will be taken against those involved," he warned.
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