The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia on Monday, May 10 announced the launch of the Biometric Enrolment and Validation of teachers across all public schools.
Speaking during the release of the KCSE 2020 examination results, Macharia said that the system would capture biometric data of all teachers in a bid to curb examination irregularities.
“This will entail enlisting their fingerprints, which can then allow for forensic and intelligence-led investigations in cases where examination papers are tampered with, and where cell phones and other gadgets are used to commit examination malpractices,” Macharia said.
Why biometric is vital
According to TSC, some teachers have been framed up and rendered sacrificial lamps of the true examination crooks. Macharia says that biometric capture of all teachers will provide a waterproof system system that will accurately detect, identify and apprehend perpetrators of examinations fraud while protecting innocent teachers whose gadgets may be misused.
“Could there, for instance, be a cartel of examination thieves that accesses cell phones of innocent examination officials once they are surrendered to a common point at the examination centres then using the gadgets to photograph examination papers before attempting to route them to their intended targets?” Macharia interrogated.
TSC is upbeat that biometric registration of all teachers which will entail enlisting their finger prints, will then allow for forensic and intelligence-led investigations in cases where examination papers are tampered with.
TSC, Macharia says, is at the tail-end of finalising consultations with the Office of the Data Commissioner on the rollout of the new system to capture of all teachers.