NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – President Uhuru Kenyatta says all public servants involved in the administration of national examinations this year will be personally held responsible for its integrity.
Speaking after receiving the Collective Bargaining Agreement report between the Teachers Service Commission and teachers, unions, the Head of State pointed out that everyone should do their best in ensuring there is no cheating.
“Utmost integrity will be the hall mark of the 2016 national examination process and all public servants from our County Commissioners to sub county commissioners to all Ministry of education officials will be held accountable personally for the integrity of the exam process this year,” the Head of State stated.
He indicated that adequate measures have been put in place to curb the vice and stressed that stern action will be taken against anyone found culpable.
“Already measures are in place to ensure that we have a clean exam. I call upon all public servants be they teachers, be they administrators, everybody involved in this exercise must know that I expect nothing more than a clean examination this year,” he said.
The President’s statement comes in the backdrop of an announcement by the Education Ministry that more measures to curb exam cheating have been put in place.
The measures to curb cheating include the banning of geometrical boxes and clipboards.
The measures announced by Education CS Fred Matiang’i together with his ICT and Internal Security Counterparts Joe Mucheru and Joseph Nkaissery also include the banning of mathematical tables and calculators for exams that do not require them.
According to a statement, the use of mobile phones within the precincts of the examination centres will not be allowed for all involved during the written examinations set to begin next week
Matiang’i further stated that the teachers who are expected to remain in school will be those involved in the administration of practical subjects and boarding facilities as all schools are expected to close by today.