, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education (KCSE) results from 10 secondary schools have been withheld over exam irregularities with a detailed report expected in a month.
Speaking while releasing the results, Matiangi stated that this will enable a through probe to be conducted before a final decision is made.
He further stated that after successful consultations, “the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have resolved to form a multi-sectoral taskforce that will commence a fresh audit of the cases with a view to coming up with necessary legal and policy recommendations meant to bring the cases to a speedy conclusion.”
“Henceforth, we will require that such cases are investigated and necessary action taken within a year of the alleged offenses being committed,” he stated.
He stated that many unscrupulous teachers used all means to access examination materials and even relayed prepared notes to candidates in examination centres in an attempt to give the candidates an unfair advantage.
“I am happy to report that most of these attempts came to naught since many of the masterminds were stopped by our ruthless and vigilant officials. I must, however, point out that FIVE candidates who were caught engaging in examination malpractices were disqualified even before the KCSE examination season was over,” he stated.
He explained that during the 2017 KCSE examination, candidates were examined in 31 subjects using 76 papers and they were required to sit for a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine subjects.
He said that this year, 2017 KCSE written examination papers were taken in 18 days from 6th to 29th November 2017 during which the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) engaged the services of 80,062professionals when compared to 74,810 in 2016.
“The professionals included 9,968 supervisors, 35,348 invigilators, 19,388 security officers, 2,424 drivers, 9,694 centre managers (principals), 405 Sub-County Commissioners, 1,620 security people, 405 officials manning containers and 405 education officers to ensure that the administration of the examination was undertaken in accordance with the laid down rules and regulations.”
The Teachers Service Commissions (TSC) also said that 40 teachers face de-registration should they be found guilty of engaging in exam irregularities.
Executive Officer (CEO) Nancy Macharia said the teachers will be deregistered if found culpable as well as the institutions that engage them after being struck out.
The TSC boss further put on notice teachers in private schools saying that they are subject to the law, warning that those found to be abetting cheating will also be deregistered.