School visits during national exams outlawed

October 8, 2018 2:33 pm
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“Parents whose children will be found with mobile phones in school will be held personally responsible for the actions. Their children will immediately be suspended from school and such candidates will not be allowed to sit the examinations,” she warned/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 8 – Parents and guardians of candidates sitting the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will not be allowed to visit their children in boarding schools during the remaining weeks.

The directive comes as the Education Ministry tightens measures to curb cheating amidst reports parents have been buying ‘examination’ for their children, which have been described as fake.

Speaking during a press conference, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed stated that parents whose children will be found with mobile phones will be held personally responsible for their actions.

“Parents whose children will be found with mobile phones in school will be held personally responsible for the actions. Their children will immediately be suspended from school and such candidates will not be allowed to sit the examinations,” she warned.

Mohamed emphasised that the ministry will work round the clock during this period to ensure there are no leakages or irregularities.

At the same time, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Chairman George Magoha urged parents to support their children by not exposing them to shortcuts.

“This time around let the children just revise, because we are seeing an escalation of the purchase of fake papers. If you think you have enough energy, try,” he cautioned.

Mohamed reiterated that only centre managers will be allowed to possess mobile phones during the duration of the examinations.

“The Kenya National Parents Association and Boards of Management will liaise with security teams to rein in parents and schools that have collected money under the pretext that they will use the same to facilitate cheating in the examinations.”

Private school managers were also urged to ensure that all teachers who participate in the examinations as science teachers to aid in practical subjects are fully registered with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Mohamed stated that schools, parents and teachers collecting money to compromise the administration and management of the examinations will be brought to book.

“So far, we have placed 30 centres under intensive surveillance. Those found culpable will be apprehended, charged and de-registered. Anyone found attempting to cheat, collude or compromise the examination process will be arrested on the spot, charged and prosecuted,” she cautioned.

She announced the completion of the audit of all candidates who were recently displaced in Nairobi and Narok-Nakuru counties.

“We wish to announce that we have placed all the candidates in accessible neighbouring schools from where they will sit the examinations,” she stated.

“I also urge parents who have since moved from the affected areas in Narok County to visit the education office in Narok County for assistance and information regarding their children’s new examination centres.”

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