NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has assured that there are no leakages for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations set to start this week.
KNEC chairman George Magoha has warned that stern action will be taken against anyone found selling or buying fake examination papers.
“The Kenya National Examinations Council has received reports of people purporting to be selling “genuine” Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination papers,” he said and dismissed the papers as fake, after a teacher was arrested in Rongo while trying to sell such papers to a pupil.
KCPE examinations are scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, followed by KCSE whose practical papers are already underway.
“The Council wishes to categorically inform the public that this year’s KCPE examination papers have not been leaked whatsoever. We urge Kenyans to stop falling prey to the clear con game being mounted by unscrupulous businessmen who want to take to take opportunity of the tough measures we have put in place to curb corruption to fleece innocent Kenyans,” he stated.
He observed that the fake papers purportedly being sold to the public do not have any similarities to the original set papers.
“Papers being sold to unsuspecting Kenyans do not have the slightest likeness to what we have set and printed. We wish to warn that those who will buy the fake papers can only distract their children from the right preparations they have made for the examinations and that they will blame themselves once they confirm that they were conned come Tuesday,” he said.
The council instituted tough measures to protect the integrity of national examinations following rampant cheating in previous years, including last year when hundreds of teachers and students were arrested and prosecuted after being found in possession of examination papers.
Many students missed their results.