Deputy President William Ruto has said cases of cheating in examinations in the country will be dealt with in the next one month.
The Ministry of Education, he said, has been instructed to deal with individuals both within its departments and schools who participated in the leakage.
“We have asked the Ministry of Education to deal with those who undermine the development of education through shortcuts and cheating within the next one month,” said Mr. Ruto.
Mr. Ruto said cheating in exams was eroding education in the country and making useless the hard work done by students.
The Deputy President expressed concern over widespread cheating in examination, which he said was tainting the image of education in the country.
“Those who engage in shortcuts and cheating are doing a great disservice to millions of hardworking students and should be dealt with as soon as possible,” added the Deputy President.
He made the remarks on Sunday at Alliance Girls High School and Alliance Boys High School during their 68th and 90th Anniversary celebrations held at their respective school grounds.
The Deputy President said the Government attaches great importance to education.
Mr Ruto said the Government was investing heavily in education because students will do the transformation of the country.
“Education is part of other sectors that takes a huge budget because to invest in education is to invest in the future of our country,” said Mr. Ruto.
He urged the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and other education players to be vigilant and stop taking chances.
“The tremendous resources we are spending in education should not be eroded by people who want shortcuts through cheating in examinations,” said Mr. Ruto.
He said the Government has increased funding to education sector in order to support more needy students besides relieving parents the burden of paying standard eight and form four examination fees.
“We have enhanced capitation to include payment of examination fees for standard eight and form four candidates,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Government was still working on ways of ensuring a universal secondary education for all Kenyans.
“We are thinking of having secondary education taken care of. Discussions are on and shortly we will make a concrete decision over the matter,” said Mr. Ruto.
He went on: “Education should not be a preserve of a few. We want to make education affordable to all children regardless of their background.”
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said his ministry has implemented the Government’s directive by paying exam fees on time.
He said schools managements should ensure they purchased enough education materials noting that 9billion shillings was used in the last three years but enough materials have not be availed to schools.
Principal Secretaries Kipsang Belio (Education), Joseph Njoroge (Energy) and Richard Lesyampe (Agriculture) and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.