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Kenya National Examination Council

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Kenya National Examination Council, Exam cheating continues to dent the credibility of national examinations with increased reported incidents in the 2011 KCSE. Education minister Sam Ongeri yesterday said 2,927 candidates out of 6,400 were involved in exam cheating in 154 centres.

The affected candidate’s results are cancelled and will not be re-marked. Ongeri decried the increased incidents and called on the Kenya National Examination Council to investigate. “KNEC, the PS and the Education secretary should investigate the link in the chain in this process of cheating,” he said and assured that action will be taken if any officers are found to be undermining the integrity of the examinations.

He described cheating as a disease that involves a chain whose weakest link needs to be identified and dealt with immediately. Ongeri said candidates who were found with cheating materials swallowed the notes, while others were deliberately unruly, refused to be frisked and fought to avoid supervision.

Parents, teachers and university students are reported to aid cheating in exams, which the minister said needs to be fought by all stakeholders since KNEC cannot be everywhere during examinations. The 2,927 candidates who were involved in cheating is much higher than the 534 of 2010, and 1,171 in 2009. There were no reported exam irregularities in Nyeri, Turkana, Laikipia, Busia, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Nyandarua, Machakos, West Pokot, Nyamira and Trans Nzoia counties.

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