NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has described the delivery of honest exams in 2016 as one of the milestones of the Jubilee Government during his first term in office.
Speaking during the State of The Nation address before a joint sitting of Parliament, the Head of State indicated that it struck a major blow to corruption.
He explained that it has also put an end to the culture of cheating during national examinations.
“One of the proudest achievements on my administration is in delivering honest exams in 2016. This was a first in many years, and it was a blow against corruption,” he stated.
“The compromising of the exam system had favoured those who can afford bribes to the disadvantage of honest and hardworking students from disadvantaged homes.”
He stated that the culture of cheating has had a negative spiral effect by producing half baked citizens who did not qualify for the professions they chose.
“It had allowed unqualified students to take university courses that they struggled to master and led to unqualified professionals with a belief in corruption as a personal enabler,” he stated.
He explained that there is no corruption worse than that directed at the youth as it affects the posterity of the country.
“Our bold reforms, added to the far-reaching curriculum changes, and insistence on the upgrading of educational standards, will lead to more and better jobs for our youth,” the head of state indicated.
He congratulated the Fred Matiangi-led team for delivering honest examinations.
The tough reforms in the national schools examinations dealt a devastating blow to schools that were previously the top performing ones in the country.