Exam cheats warned as KCSE gets underway

Adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure that the Kenya certificate of secondary education (K.C.S.E) examination goes on without leaks.

Recently, intelligence reports revealed that cartels involving parents, teachers and other education stakeholders were determined to engage in exam cheating malpractice.

Kakamega North Sub county Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Meso revealed there was a plot by cartels who had taken advantage of Dr. Fred Matiang’i’s transfer from the education docket to head Interior Security to be a loophole for cheating.

The DCC warned that the government was aware of the plan and had put necessary measures to counter the plot.

“Let me warn that we have put stricter measures than ever before in the history of this nation to see to it that the exercise is free and transparent,” he said.

“We are determined to safeguard these exams by all means and stringent measures including prosecution will be taken against those found culpable.”

He confirmed that his office was going to enhance its surveillance to ensure all goes well by even involving the administration (Chiefs and Assistant chiefs besides the criminal investigation officers (CIDs) so that candidates get genuine marks.

Sub county Director of Education (S. C. D. E) Anne Shiundu hailed the 2017 candidature for not recording any irregularities both at the primary and secondary levels, attributing the hard work to Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (KEPSHA) and Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) for their tireless contribution to see to it that no such cases of exam cheating were experienced.

Knut Western region National Executive Member (NEC) Emily Mitto, Subcounty Director of Education Anne Shiundu (C) and Chief education officer Merciline Makokha addressing the Media.

“It is on this line that I call for our candidates to give us clean and transparent results as we have properly told them the consequences of exam cheating in many of our meetings,” she said.

Shiundu asked Kenyans to embrace honesty and integrity and warned parents and principals against being duped to purchase fake exam papers that were being sold expensively.

“I want to assure parents and principals that there are no leaked exam papers out there and those being lured to purchase the purported questions are being conned off their cash,” she assured.

She warned that schools will be restricted areas until exam ends and only authorized personnel were allowed to be within the compound

“All the officials’ phones will be switched off until after completion of the day’s papers. School gates will remain unlocked for fast and swift access of examiners unlike before where the watchman was ordered to padlock it and was under instructions from the principal to inquire who wanted to come in and had to get consent from the school manager before allowing them in. We want free and fast movement around the school,” she said.

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