, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Teachers and parents who aid in exam cheating risk losing their own certificates in a new move by the Ministry of Education to curb examination malpractices.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said they have intelligence reports that some teachers are collaborating with parents to purchase purportedly leaked examination papers to aid studentss pass the forthcoming national examinations.
Kipsang observed that most of the students who had their examinations cancelled last year had phones in schools with the knowledge of their parents and teachers.
“Moving forward, we will work with the asset recovery unit and start recalling certificates of parents and teachers who are aiding children to cheat in examinations,” warned Kipsang.
There have been numerous reports that teachers are asking parents for up to Sh10,000 to purchase papers and some parents are sending the money to facilitate the vice.
Kipsang further said that already, some examination cheating cartels have been identified and they will be calling upon the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and that of Inspector General of Police to deal with the culprits.
The Kenya National Examination Council Chairman George Magoha however warned students to revise the fake papers at their own peril insisting that no exam has leaked.
“The integrity of this year’s examination is very intact. I can assure you no exam has leaked and no exam will leak. Anyone revising the purported leaked papers will be shocked,” said Magoha.
Already, 30 examination centres for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education are under high surveillance after reports that they are planning to cheat in examinations emerged.
The examinations will be supervised by teachers registered by the Teacher Service Commission so that disciplinary action can be taken against teachers found interfering with the credibility of the examinations.
During this year’s examinations, no mobile phones will be allowed at exam centres apart from centre managers but they will have their phones monitored.
The Ministry of Information Communication and Technology has also committed to apply artificial intelligence during the marking of suspect answer sheets to detect cheating.