Four Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam candidates have been deregistered over cheating allegations and discontinued from writing the exam.
Consequently, 40 teachers will face disciplinary action over exam irregularities in the ongoing exercise.
Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed said the four were arrested with mobile phones in the examroom, stashed in their clothes. She, however, did not name the schools where the candidates were arrested to avoid causing panic.
The CS, directed centre managers to be more vigilant and frisk candidates every time they leave the exam room to avoid cases of cheating. She spoke in Naivasha yesterday when she witnessed distribution of exam papers.
“We have decided to de-register four KCSE candidates after they were found with foreign materials including mobile phones. Once the examinations are over, we will release the number of students, centre managers and even security officers arrested in connection with various malpractices,” said the CS.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said the Ministry is keen to ensure exam cheats are exposed and shamed for their deeds adding that all loopholes of exam cheating have been sealed.
“Last week, we had cases of students who accessed exam rooms with telephones and as enshrined in the law, the Kenya National Examinations Act, it’s an offence and requires we recall the examination and de-register the students,” said Kipsang.
“We do not want to waste our time administering exams of persons which we know we will cancel later, what that means is the students will not be able to sit the entire exam because it will victimise the other students,” he added.
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive Nancy Macharia warned that centre managers abetting cheating will be disciplined saying some managers have gone to the extent of issuing TSC numbers to what she described as “quack teachers”.
“Some of the managers in some centres, what we are calling quacks because those are actually not teachers, have given these quacks TSC numbers only for us to go into the teachers register and find that the TSC numbers they have forged belong to teachers who are not even, for example, from Nairobi or whichever county they come from,” said Macharia, who oversaw distribution of exam papers at Kariokor.
Elsewhere, Knec chairman Prof George Magoha has assured that the exams are sacrosanct.
Speaking in Kisii, he said centre managers who attempted to breach the examination rules and regulations and were arrested and will be dealt with ruthlessly.
He said the council directed that examination centre gates’ be left open after it emerged some school managers instructed gate keepers to lock the main entrance to allow them engage in examination malpractices.
Meanwhile, the government has directed schools to use their buses to transport KCSE candidates to and from schools because of the ongoing transport crisis.
CS Amina said they have put in place measures to ensure that no student missed exam papers because of the crackdown.