KNEC sounds alarm over exam cheating

October 16, 2013 4:21 pm
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A total of 844,475 pupils will sit the KCPE examinations including 906 candidates from Southern Sudan/FILE
A total of 844,475 pupils will sit the KCPE examinations including 906 candidates from Southern Sudan/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) says it has received intelligence reports on regions likely to have cases of cheating during upcoming national exams for primary and secondary schools.

Some of the areas identified are Mombasa, Nairobi, Garissa and Kisumu.

Addressing the media, the council’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga warned against exam fraud saying those caught will be charged in court.

“Each year, the council is assigned CID officers to assist in monitoring the security of the examinations,” he said.”Over the years, these officers have unearthed a lot of illegal activities that have been taking place during the conduct of this test.”

He says already the council has over 50,000 security personnel’s to provide security during the period.

A total of 844,475 pupils will sit the KCPE examinations including 906 candidates from Southern Sudan.

“Registration was easy and it was done on time because school heads did not have to travel distances to register students. It was also effective because heads can go to the SEMANASI website to confirm their students’ registration,” he said.

This represents an increase of 24,220 candidates, or a 2.95 percent rise.

Wasanga pointed out that among KCPE candidates, 20,000 are below 12 years saying the council will sensitise parents on the right age of a child to start school.

“This means these children were taken to class one at about three years and if the trend is left unchecked, has far reaching consequences, as this means that by the time they reach form four they will be 15 years and cannot get an Identity card,” he argued.

“The official entry requirement for admission to standard one is at six years such that by the time the pupil gets to standard 8 they are 14 years and 18 years by the time they complete form four.”

He noted that, “At 18 years, the candidate is eligible to get a national identification card, a driving license and where applicable access HELB loan or get employment.”

“It is for this reason that the council has started advocating for the right age of sitting for an examination,” he pointed out.

The exams are set to start on October 22 and ends on November 15.

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