The National Assembly has rejected an amendment that would have blocked the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) from automatically cancelling examination results.
MPs instead upheld an amendment of the Education Committee that sought to delete a proposal by Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi that required Knec to notify suspected exam cheats of the accusations against them and give them an opportunity to defend themselves. Candidates will, however, have an opportunity to appeal at an appeals tribunal.
The committee chairperson Sabina Chege said that the provisions will instead be included in the regulations. “We have agreed to have the amendments included in the regulations instead of having them in the principle act,” she said.
But Agoi, who is the author of the bill, accused Knec of using the committee to introduce the amendments through the back door. He said his aim was to protect the rights of candidates.
Speaking to journalists later, Agoi also claimed he was not consulted by the committee before the amendments were introduced. He said: “I was ambushed on the floor of the House by this committee yet they had not even consulted me.
I am sure Knec lobbied for the changes.” Should the bill have sailed through in the original form, Knec would have been required to notify suspected exam cheats of the accusations against them and give them an opportunity to defend themselves, including representation by a lawyer.