, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Top officials of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will be arrested and charged over rampant examinations leakage after the board was dissolved Thursday morning.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i says the KNEC Board was disbanded after evidence showed that the officials were involved in the cheating menace in schools.
“The government has decided that it is time for us to act and reform the institution and restore its credibility. Therefore the government has dissolved the board of the Kenya National Examinations Council with immediate effect,” said Matiang’i.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed former University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor George Magoha to be the chairman of the examinations council as part of measures to redeem its dented image.
He will be mandated to direct the new board members to reform and re-engineer the operations of KNEC. He will also direct the new board to conduct a thorough audit/review of the entire examinations system and processes to enhance security and integrity of the national examination processes among other duties.
Matiang’i said that it was unacceptable to subject the lives of so many children to uncertainty on account of recklessness caused a few people.
“We cannot continue living this way and we cannot continue entertaining this kind of nonsense. Examination leakage in schools must stop.”
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.
Interior Cabinet Secretary General Joseph 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.
“People who are looking forward to a bright future, their education have been destroyed and it is criminal. We therefore want to restore the security and the credibility of the institution,” he said.
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.