, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 – The number of irregularities in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations increased in 2013 compared to 2012.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi who released the results on Tuesday announced that there were 1,576 pupils involved in exam cheating compared to the 70 candidates who were found cheating the previous year.
“Exam cheating increased compared to 2012. 1,576 out of 839,000 candidates (0.1%) were involved in examination irregularities,” Kaimenyi noted.
He said the vice will not be tolerated and announced stiffer penalties for those found cheating in national examinations, including barring them from sitting their KCPE for not less than 3 years.
The cabinet secretary said he was happy that out of the 47 counties, 19 counties did not record any irregularities related to exam cheating, with 86 examination centres involved in cheating.
Cheating occurred mostly in Kiswahili and English papers as well as Science and Mathematics papers.
Earlier, Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Chairman Prof. Kabiru Kinyanjui also said examination cheating was a major concern and a problem that must be addressed.
He called on concerted efforts from all stakeholders, including candidates in ensuring that the practice is eradicated.
“We have to work hard to eradicate cheating and irregularities in examinations. The situation is complex and there is no easy solution. We need to work together to restore sanity in the national examinations,” he asserted.
Kinyanjui also urged stakeholders to examine education policies to ensure quality education across the country.