Jwan Warns KCSE Exam Managers Against Cheating.
Dr. Julius Jwan, Principal Secretary for Education, has reiterated that exam managers who engage in any form of irregularity will face legal action.
Jwan, who witnessed the start of the seven-day exam at the Narok County commissioner’s office on Tuesday, said the few cases of exam cheating reported arose from the second examination, in which exam photos were taken and distributed to candidates across the country.
“The exam is in the hands of the center manager and security officials. Sometimes the center manager opens the second paper and takes a photo. If you take the photo of the exam we will be able to identify where the photo was taken,” he said.
Dr. Jwan cautioned that their systems can show the origin of the photo and trace all of the points where the photo was sent.
“We had a case in a school in Mbooni area, where the exam manager took a photo of the second exam and sent it to someone in Bomet County and later sent to Baringo County. We were able to follow up and trace all the culprits who will face legal action,” he said.
The PS, on the other hand, stated that so far, cases of cheating have been very few in comparison to previous years, and that they were determined to complete the process successfully.
“This is our best year, but as always the case, there are few individuals who for one reason or another are determined to mess up the future of our children. But we are able to trace them and apprehend them,” he said.
The PS reiterated that the procedure used to open the examination was too stringent and that once tampered with, it could not be resealed.
“The time between the two papers is very short and can make the candidate go blank if exposed to the paper 30 minutes before he or she sits for the papers,” he said.
Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde said the exam was going well in the county and that all of the county’s 10, 895 candidates were taking it.
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