NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 30 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday announced that he is acting on firm instructions from President Uhuru Kenyatta to eliminate cheating in national examinations.
Matiang’i said the cheating menace is raising very serious concerns because it threatens the integrity and quality of the country’ education system.
“We must all agree as responsible people that we must bring to this matter of examination cheating to an end once and for all,” he said.
Matiang’i was speaking on Wednesday morning when he officiated the release of the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results.
A total of 937,467 candidates sat for this year’s KCPE examinations which were dogged by widespread cheating across the country, raising serious concerns on integrity of the exams.
A similar trend has been witnessed in the country for the past three years, although more cases were reported in 2015, leading to calls from various stakeholders who wanted the exams cancelled.
“The president has instructed us firmly that we must end this menace, everyone must be accountable,” Matiang’i said and urged the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to put in place firm measures.
Dozens of teachers and candidates from various schools were arrested and prosecuted for cheating related cases during the examinations in November.
KNEC Chief Executive Officer Joseph Kivilu had assured that despite the high number of cheating cases, proper measures were put in place to ensure that candidates were fairly assessed.