Despite KCPE 2016 success, ugly face of exam malpractice evident

By Victor Muyakane

During the release of the 2015 KCPE examination results, Education CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i apologized for the widespread cheating that tainted the results. He also vowed not to apologize again for results whose credibility was suspect because of cheating or unfair practices.

Today, the CS was proud to highlight that for the first time in the history of the KCPE examination, no candidate’s results was cancelled over the same.

However, the CS open about the presence of 21 examination malpractices. Ranging from possession of contraband materials in the run up to the exam such as mobile phone through which leakage would be channeled was the case in majority of the incidences reported.

The CS was keen to announce, however that all the 21 cases were detected and dealt with in good time.

Additionally, the number was significantly lower than previously recorded cases of examination malpractice in previous years.

In the announcement of this year’s results, it was brought to light that some private schools have operated multiple examination centers as a means of unethically recording favourable results and rankings.

Matiang’i termed the practice and unscrupulous marketing, using innocent pupils for their own gains and announced that the schools shall be named and shamed and KNEC shall not register the said schools as centers for the national examinations in 2017.

“As it were, these schools register weaker pupils at sister “satellite” examination centres so as not to bring down the mean scores of their main “marketing” schools. We have discovered that the majority of these schools that offload “weaker” pupils usually have a small candidature of between 20 and 30 of their best candidates. These abnormal centres are the ones that top charts whenever ranking for schools is done. Indeed some of these schools will today be captured celebrating in our TV channels. “Matiang’i said.

A total of 942,021 candidates sat the 2016 KCPE examination. Of these, 49.7% were girls and 50.3% boys.



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