Meru teachers cautioned on exam cheating

By KBC Reporter

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has challenged stakeholders in Education of Meru County to address the dismal performance of students as well as cheating in in national examinations.

He said Meru County was ranked position 33/47 in the entire nation with a below average mean score of 244.79 in last year’s KCEP, in the 2013 saying it attained in a similar ranking in in the 2012 National examination cycle.

The CS also expressed concern that the results of 172 candidates in the area were cancelled because of examination irregularities.

Prof. Kaimenyi was speaking during the Meru County Education/Prize giving day at Kaaga Girls High School on Friday.

He noted that in KCSE for 2013, the area was ranked position 28/47 national, with a mean score of 4.335, which was a drop in ranking nationally from position 26 in 2012.

Prof. Kaimenyi said the poor performance and cheating in examinations undermined the hard work, honesty, sincerity and courage that residents in the area were known for nationally.

He called on the County Director of Education to liaise with the Teachers’ Service Commission to ensure cheating in examinations ends, saying disciplinary action be taken against  adults who encourage students to engage in examination cheating.

The Cabinet Secretary, however, called on parents to give moral support to teachers and learners to motivate them to perform better. He expressed concern most parents did not attend education functions, saying paying school fees and keeping off educational functions was a disservice to the children.

Prof. Kaimenyi reiterated that Government would ultimately deliver laptop in classrooms. The Government temporarily halted the implementation process following a dispute over tendering of the computing devices.

He challenged the students to develop a positive attitude towards education, books, teachers and classmates, saying they education prepared them to take over from the current leaders when they have retired and long gone.

The Governor of Meru County, Mr. Peter Munya revealed that his government had allocated Shs135million towards bursary fund for bright but needy children in secondary schools in the area.

“We are also constructing 90 model Early Childhood Development (ECD) classrooms to enable children to learn in a secure and friendly environment,” Mr. Munya said.

In attendance included Senator Kiraitu Munrungi, area County Commissioner, and Mr. Wilfred Nyagwanga among other officials.