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Ministry’s Laxity Blamed For Cases Of KCSE Exam Malpractice

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Ministry's Laxity Blamed For Cases Of KCSE Exam Malpractice

Ministry’s Laxity Blamed For Cases Of KCSE Exam Malpractice.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) has blamed the Ministry’s leadership over cases of exam malpractice in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, according to Kuppet Secretary General Akello Misori, is being sabotaged from within because he is not a team player.
“We strongly believe that examination reforms are being watered down because Magoha wants to do everything. He wants to design policy and implement it himself and he is being sabotaged,” said Mr Misori.
Collins Oyuu, secretary-general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), has expressed concern about the trend of candidates accessing examination papers ahead of time.
“It is a bit worrying that we are seeing some level of laxity from officials and examination officers.
He was perplexed as to why more exposures were reported, particularly during KCSE examinations.
“As a union we call upon all teachers to safeguard national examinations because a leaked examination is harmful to the learners and the country at large. We also want to see effort being made by all stakeholders to contain the bad habit,” he said.
Mr. Oyuu spoke as secondary school principals warned that the consolidation of centers with fewer than 30 candidates could lead to cheating.
KNEC had registered 608 and 91 new KCPE and KCSE examination centers, respectively, with less than 30 candidates at the end of the registration period for the 2021 examinations. It had also set up 27 new centers with fewer than 15 candidates.
Some of the bad habits may have been transferred from merged centers, according to Kenya Secondary School Heads Association national chairman Kahi Indimuli.
“Most schools have also improved on internet access with WiFi connections and this may also contribute to the attempts to cheat,” said Mr Indimuli.
The Standard reports that some examination officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, reported creeping laxity on the part of some government officials.
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“It seems like the administration of the whole examinations has been left to Magoha and a few of his team. What happened to the multi-agency approach that was witnessed after the 2016 reforms,” said a government officer familiar with administration logistics.
Staff from the Ministry of Interior, ICT, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), and the Ministry of Education comprised the multi-agency team.
Ministry’s Laxity Blamed For Cases Of KCSE Exam Malpractice

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