President Uhuru Kenyatta has said parents of candidates caught with stolen tests during the national examination exercise beginning tomorrow (Monday) will be sent to jail.
President Kenyatta said candidates found cheating in exams will on their part be sent to approved schools.
The Head of State further warned that teachers who get involved in exam malpractices will also be thrown into jail.
President Kenyatta, who spoke at the Kapsabet Showground, said the severe measures will be implemented to protect children from being led astray.
He added that the Government is justified in beefing up the security at examination centres because it is necessary to stop those who are intent on compromising the national examinations.
“Children in Standard 8 cannot raise the huge amounts of money to buy examinations. Where does a child get Kshs 100,000 to pay for a stolen exam? It must be their parents who are paying,” said the President as he called on parents to raise their children properly.
President Kenyatta said children should be allowed to develop according to the talents they possess because forcing them to engage in exam cheating will just ruin their future.
“Let us allow our children to develop according to the talents they have,” said the President.
President Kenyatta spoke when he led a fundraising and commissioning of the construction of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Kapsabet Plaza, an event that was also graced by Deputy President William Ruto, Governors, and MPs. The ACK Diocese of Kapsabet intends to use the building as a source of revenue to support its programmes.
Speaking on the region’s economy, President Kenyatta said the Government will enforce strict measures to ensure the hard work of farmers is protected from unscrupulous people.
“We want to resolve the perennial problems that have faced maize farmers. We will no longer allow brokers to benefit instead of the farmers who sweat everyday. This must come to an end,” said the President.
President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to unite for the prosperity of the country so that the country can become self-reliant.
“We must work harder to make Kenya self-reliant. If you depend on others, sometimes they will give you conditions that are not acceptable,” the President said.
He also called on the Church to strive to be self-reliant thereby freeing itself from undue influence so as to be able to stand for what is right.
“There is nothing better in this world than to be self-reliant. When you are independent you can stand for what is right and just,” said the President.
President Kenyatta said he will continue championing unity because it is only when all Kenyans are united that the nation can make meaningful progress.
Deputy President William Ruto thanked the President for continuing on the path of national unity which the Jubilee Party leaders took in 2012 when they first came together.
He said all Jubilee leaders are fully behind the President in his endeavour to leave a legacy of unity and development.
“We support you because we trust you and we know you. You have our unqualified support to bring the country together,” said the Deputy President.
President Kenyatta later laid the foundation for another Church, the AIC Kapsabet Station Church before heading to Kapsabet Boys High School where he officially opened a new 816-bed capacity dormitory.
The President said the dormitory, which the school administration named after him, will enable the students to live in comfort.
Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei were among several leaders who spoke at the fundraising event.