NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – A total of 30 schools countrywide are currently under being scrutinised by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) following intelligence reports that they are planning to engage in malpractices in the forthcoming national exams slated for next month.
Speaking after meeting with principals and schools heads on Monday over exam preparedness, KNEC Chairperson George Magoha warned that stern disciplinary action will be taken against those found cheating.
“The cartels of examination in this country are very intricate, we are strictly focusing on several schools across Kisii, Meru, Garissa and several other counties. Allow me not to mention those schools because I want to give them room for change and it’s not our intention to cause panic to our students in those schools, “said Magoha.
He indicated that adequate security measures have been put in place to oversee the exams.
Magoha further cautioned parents not to be duped by rogue principals who will be out to solicit for money in return of what he termed as fake examination papers while reiterating that there will be no exam leakage.
This is after it emerged that some school heads were asking for up to Sh10,000 from parents to “buy” examination papers.
He went ahead to warn students especially those in day schools not to be distracted by fake papers circulating on social media but to revise what they have learnt in order to excel.
“I have on several occasions said that no exam has been leaked and no exam will leak, so those buying your students fake papers thinking you will pass do so at your own risk,” he said.
He stated that all the 459 containers that will be housing the examination materials have been assessed and they are ready for the safe custody of exam materials.
On his part, Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association Chairperson Kahi Indimuli challenged his colleagues to be at the forefront in safeguarding the integrity of the exams.
“In 2017, ten of our secondary schools were affected by results cancellation… we are saying in 2018 we want to ensure that there is a difference. I want to call upon all the principals of secondary schools to ensure that this year none of us is found to have participated in aiding the students get undue advantage in this examination,” said Indimuli.