, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has announced that for the second successive year, there was no single case of malpractice detected during the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations, meaning that all the candidates will receive their results.
Speaking at a ceremony to unveil the results, the CS said this is because they used personalised answer sheets, with new security measures put in place by the ministry to curb cheating.
“The primary school teachers are our heroes. Because what I have seen in terms of performance and the head teachers of our primary schools is phenomenal, in terms of we did not register a single case of malpractice across the country.”
“Indeed, we are not cancelling results for any one candidate. Any candidate who misses a grading must therefore immediately contact KNEC immediately,” he stated.
Matiangi observed that the examinations were conducted in a most professional manner after measures put in place in 2016 to guard against irregularities were enhanced this year.
This includes shortening the length of time between when examination papers are picked up from containers and the time candidates sit for the first paper in addition to beefing up security and surveillance.
“You can tell that there is more seriousness and focus in our candidates than last year because I think we are growing into this reality that in an environment of integrity, everyone has got to have focus and everyone has got to teach,” he said.
The CS further revealed his ministry’s sustained efforts to stamp out cases where some private schools operated multiple examination centres, which was an unethical practice meant to enable them to record favourable rankings in national examinations.
“Last year, we stated that the days of such schools were numbered and that a time had come when they would be exposed. The effect is that the centres’ excellent mean scores of the yester-years have instantly disappeared in 2017. We, at the ministry, are happy to have restored this normality in our schools that has meant all our schools are equal – public or private,” the CS stated.