Teachers and students who will be found to have been involved in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination cheating will be subjected to dire consequences after results are released.
Reaffirming the government’s commitment to delivering credible national examinations, University Education Principal Secretary Dr. Simon Nabukwesi said a multi-agency team has been able to dismantle cartels of individuals that were planning to steal the examinations.
Ambassador Nabukwesi indicated that the culture of exam cheating should not be condoned in a civilized society as Kenyan’s noting that exam malpractice was the root cause of moral decadence and runaway corruption.
The PS spoke Thursday morning after witnessing the opening of an examination container at the Nakuru West Deputy County Commissioner’s offices at Kapkures.
“We will not relent in safeguarding the integrity of exams and shunning exam malpractices. Schools can achieve consistently outstanding and superb academic results without cheating in the national exams, stated Ambassador Nabukwesi.
He regretted that stiff competition and limited slots in both public secondary schools and public universities make many parents, teachers, examiners and security officers succumb to the temptations of indulging in exam malpractices.
Dr Nabukwesi added: “Since we have ensured credibility in the manner in which we administer national examinations, Kenyan students compete among the best in both local and foreign institutions of higher learning. Our education system is one of the continent’s best and those hell-bent on examination irregularities do not fit in it.”
He warned that any person who gains access to examination material and knowingly reveals the contents, whether orally or in writing, to an unauthorized party, whether a candidate or not, will be in violation of Section 27 of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Act and the penalty will be imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or a fine not exceeding Sh2 million or both.
“Those caught impersonating legitimate candidates are subject to a two-year jail term or a 2 million Kenyan shillings fine. If the imposter is a student, he/she will be barred for three years from sitting for an exam. Those who damage exam material can be fined Sh5 million or be jailed for five years,” explained the Principal Secretary.
He similarly cautioned teachers mandated with setting the exams and oversight against aiding leakages saying those found culpable will face the full wrath of the law.
On March 14, some 831,015 Form 4 students began sitting for the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations in 10, 413 centers spread across the country.
Ambassador Nabukwesi revealed that the number of candidates increased by 78,034, signifying a 9.39 percent surge from the 752,981 candidates who sat the exams in 2020.
He urged teachers and parents to be role models of the younger generation by imparting values of hard work, honesty and integrity.
“The children are not guilty when it comes to examination irregularities. The guilty are the parents and mostly teachers, some of whom are just crooks. However, we have noticed that and are closely monitoring bad elements and shall soon catch up with them,” Ambassador Nabukwesi said.
Since 2016, a multi-agency team comprising ministries of Education, ICT and Interior and other education stakeholders has been working hand in hand in monitoring the distribution of examination materials.
“We have been able to deliver credible examinations and our students have been called to international universities,” the Principal Secretary observed.