A school in Western Kenya is on the radar of the Ministry of Education, even as the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams kick off today (Monday).
Although he did not mention the name of the school, Education CS Prof. George Magoha says that the particular institution is planning to cheat in the national exams, by employing the services of experts to sit for the said exam.
Apparently, the school principal has moved teachers from their servant quarters and brought in some experts who are to sit for the exams on behalf of legitimate candidates. Reports say that the experts would then get papers that are smuggled from examination rooms, fill the answers and the papers taken back, to make it look like the candidates did them.
Speaking when he was supervising the opening and distribution of KCSE examination materials at the Kenol container in Maragua, Murang’a County, CS Magoha said that ministry officials are currently monitoring the school.
“The information is worrying and there are officers on the ground who are pursuing the matter. We will get the principal once the information is found to be true. The school is a popular one and usually performs well in national examinations,” Magoha said.
Magoha urged secondary school principals to ensure they transport KCSE examinations to their schools using government vehicles or school buses but not personal/private cars.
“Government has many vehicles which can be used to deliver examination papers. We don’t want to hear of a case where a private car is used to transport the papers. Private schools can use their buses and every centre manager must be accompanied by two police officers as security,” the CS added.
He also emphasized that security officers manning extermination centres cannot be allowed to have mobile phones which he said can be used to compromise the integrity of the examinations process.