KNEC warns school heads on exam cheating as national examination nears

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KNEC Chairman George Magoha

The Kenya National Examination Council has warned school heads against examination irregularities days to the national examination.

The council said it is monitoring 20 schools prone to malpractices in a bid to stop cheating in examinations.

Speaking at Nairobi, the Chairman of the council George Magoha said the institutions under close watch are top boys’ and girls’ national schools, county schools and day schools. Most of them are found in Kisii and West Pokot counties and Rift Valley and Nyanza regions.

He said that the council and the Teachers Service Commission have received reports of threats to principals who have declined cheating advances.

Magoha said those peddling fake examination papers were demanding Sh30,000 per paper. A field coordinator said they were investigating the matter.

He added that they were monitoring some principals said to be keen on influencing the choice of supervisors and invigilators to coordinate cheating.

“There are schools said to have favourable supervisors who will dance to their tune. Two school heads in Garissa have been implicated and we are investigating them,” Magoha said.

A total of 1.6 million candidates have registered for this year’s national exams. Of this, 964,119 candidates will sit KCPE exam and 631,750 KCSE exam. KCPE exam begins on October 30 and end on November 1 while KCSE exam starts on November 6 and runs until November 30. The exams will be done across 27,172 centres.

Last year, KNEC cancelled results for 1,205 candidates who sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations on basis of examination irregularities.

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