At the release of both the 2019 KCPE and KCSE, the nation continued to witness the fruits of enhanced examinations administration and management reforms initiated in 2016.
While releasing the 2019 KCPE results on November 18, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha declared that the traditional forms of cheating have been wiped out.
“Our vigilant measures of examination administration have continued to assist us to nip in the bud some of the cases that would have led to cheating,” he said and added that in 2019, only four candidates were disqualified over impersonation as he went ahead to commend all officials involved in the examinations for stamping out cheating.
Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Najib Balala addresses candidates of Kileleshwa Primary School in Nairobi County before the start of 2019 KCPE examinations on October 29. He is accompanied by KNEC Ag. CEO Dr. Mercy Karogo (left) as they participate in the monitoring of examinations.
On December 18, while releasing results for KCSE the CS said enhanced measures of fighting examination cheating in our schools have succeeded with a high measure of success.
“I wish to state that we have now stamped out the overt cases of cheating that were rampant in our education ecosystem,” he said.
However, credit seems to go to the combined effort of the multiagency government monitoring team which has brought the greater success.
The CS at the same time noted that the scaling up of the control measures during examinations administration needs to be domiciled in our education traditions. This is because there are much more sophisticated and covert forms of cheating, which the government is now fully prepared to nip in the bud.
Close to 100 mobile phones were collected from various examination centres even as more than 10 impersonators were apprehended in Kisii. They had connived with unscrupulous people to produce fake photo albums to give the impression they were genuinely KNEC registered candidates for KCSE.
Kasei Boys Secondary School candidates in West Pokot County lineup to undergo searching before the beginning of KCSE Exams (Photo- Henry Wanyama)
In Nairobi’s Eastleigh, 35 mobile phones were collected from a single centre. There were some cases of individuals who were attempting early exposure of examination papers, among other ills.
All involved in these attempts were apprehended.
And determined to stem examinations irregularities attempts, KNEC still cancelled 1, 309 individual results for candidates from these failed cases of cheating.
The forms of cheating were manifest in the use of mobile phones, carrying unauthorized materials to examination rooms, and collusion.
Of the 1,309 candidates whose results were cancelled, 1,158 engaged in collusion in a bid to cheat in the exam, 101 were found with unauthorised materials in the exam room while 47 were found with mobile phones.
Two candidates will miss their results for impersonation while one other caused disturbance, hence cancellation of their results.
However, the number of cases of irregularities is much lower than the 4,519 cancelled in the 2018 KCSE.
In 2019, a total 658 KCSE results were withheld for routine checks on small details, including accuracy of their names and registration details. These results will be released to candidates as soon as the verification process is completed.