NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 26 – The elimination of cheating in national examinations has been touted as one of the greatest gains the government has made within the education sector in 2016.
According to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion, great effort has been put forth especially by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to ensure that there are no leakages of examination material.
He told Capital FM News the fact that education officials led by the CS personally opened up the containers where exam papers were stored every morning showed commitment in stamping out the vice.
“We have to give credit where it is due. We take this opportunity to commend the Education CS Fred Matiang’i for a job well done in so far as examination cheating is concerned,” he stated.
“We want to really appreciate the work that he has done. Many times we do not see eye to eye but on this one aspect, he has delivered.”
He stated that other than improve the quality of education, this will ensure that students work on what they are really qualified on.
“The elimination of cheating in examinations will ensure that only those who are qualified are able to proceed to the next level without any problem,” he said.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) further described the move by the Education CS to eliminate the vice as long overdue and urged everyone to embrace it.
When he took over the education docket, Matiang’i had announced that he was acting on firm instructions from President Uhuru Kenyatta to eliminate cheating in national examinations.
Matiang’i said the cheating menace was raising very serious concerns because it threatened the integrity and quality of the country’ education system.
Dozens of teachers and candidates from various schools were arrested and prosecuted for cheating related cases during the examinations in November 2015.