KCSE Marking to start on Monday As Exam Concludes Today.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination concludes today, with script marking set to begin on Monday.
The exam was taken by 831,026 people in over 10,000 locations. Although the Ministry of Education claims that no papers were leaked, there were a number of attempts at cheating.
Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha stated that all papers were delivered to examination centers with the unique Kenya National Examinations Council security features intact.
“No paper leaked since the start of the exams; true to our promise. We managed to strictly comply with the schedule of distributing exam materials from containers to all the centres,” he assured.
However, he acknowledged that there were cases of early exposure, adding that a few people opened exam packages a few minutes before the start time.
“There was a tendency to use mobile phones to take photographs of exam questions before sneaking them out of exam centres to waiting, hired people who would tackle the questions and attempt to smuggle the answers back to the candidates,” he explained.
As a result, the Ministry banned cell phones in each station, with only two allowed — one for the center manager and another for the security officer in case of an emergency.
During the exam period, over 60 mobile phones were seized. Magoha stated that a joint team of DCI sleuths and Ministry officials exposed the racket and apprehended the perpetrators.
During the exams, the CS threatened teachers and candidates who attempted to tamper with the process. He stated that the measures put in place to combat cheating were universally accepted.
“I thank the stakeholders, who include security agencies and multi-agency teams, for ensuring the exam remained sacrosanct in the containers,” the CS said last week.
He warned that those involved in the early exposure of the papers and the smuggling of phones into exam rooms would pay a high price. “We are not going to be merciful to you,” the CS stated.
Other anti-cheating measures included security officers sitting in full view of materials for the second daily newspaper while the morning one was in production. There were to be no unauthorised teachers or staff in the precincts. On the days the subjects were taken, only tutors handling practical subjects were permitted inside.
Supervisors and invigilators were not permitted to engage in any other activity while the exam was being administered.
Meanwhile, University Education and Research Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi has confirmed that everything is in order for KCSE script marking.
Nabukwesi urged examiners to be professional while speaking in Nakuru yesterday while opening an examination container.
He stated that KNEC and the Ministry were moderating examiners to ensure they were ready for the exercise. “Do the right thing and make certain that all candidates receive accurate results,” he said.
For the exercise, 27 institutions have been chosen.
Nabukwesi advised the students to stay focused at home, emphasizing that passing the exam is not the end of their education. Nabukwesi encouraged them to participate in progressive activities, stating that those who qualify for university admission will do so in July.
This year, KNEC will administer three more national exams, including the 2022 KCPE and KCSE exams, as well as Grade Six tests.
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