KCPE kicks off countrywide as Magoha warns on exam cheating

Written By: Juney Karisa

Prof George Magoha over seeing the commencement of this year’s KCPE in Mombasa

The government is keeping a keen eye on several schools alleged to be hotspots of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations malpractice in the country.

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Primary Schools from Migori, Kisii and Homabay counties are on the spotlight for exam irregularities and malpractices as the government warns of grave consequences to those found culpable.

“There are hotspots. And going as per last year’s exam, the epicentre is in Migori, Kisii and Homabay. We also have problems in Garissa, Mandera and Wajir,” said Magoha.

The Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha warned of dire consequences to those found culpable, cautioning parents against spearheading the vice.

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Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha was in Mombasa on Tuesday morning to oversee the commencement of this year’s KCPE examination where over 1 million candidates across the country will be writing their final examinations.

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Magoha hailed the collaborative efforts between education stakeholders and parents, expressing optimism of a credible exercise.

Parents have been urged to resist the need to buy fake exam papers for their children.

Magoha oversaw the issuance of examinations across the county, saying the government has deployed machinery to assist students in flood-prone areas.

Turkana, Marsabit, Kwale, Lamu and Tana River Counties are worst hit by floods as the government deploys 10 helicopters to assist those affected in the coming three days.

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Center Managers have been cautioned against blocking pupils who are yet to pay the stipulated examination fees, with the government pledging to foot the eras.

Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i, was in Gilgil National Youth Service (NYS) Primary School to supervise the relocation of Gilgil National Youth Service (NYS) Primary School 2019 KCPE candidates from a dilapidated class before they wrote their first exam.

Matiangi warned the tutors and exam centre officials against gambling with the lives of pupils.

Earlier, the CS witnessed the opening of an exam container at the Gilgil Deputy County Commissioner’s (DCC) office in Nakuru County in readiness for this year’s examinations.

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Through a collaborative effort with other Ministries and State Departments, other Cabinet Secretaries also were on hand to witness the opening of examination containers in different parts of the country.

“My Colleague in the Ministry of Education, Professor George Magoha in Mvita, Mombasa County, ICT CS Joe Mucheru in Nyeri have also successfully witnessed the opening of exam containers. The exercise has started across the country and we are doing well,” the CS said.

Dr Matiang’i assured that security will be tight during the exam period. He said he has been in constant communication with different security officials from all over the country.



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