Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination is coming to an end today Friday 1,April. Education cabinet secretary Professor George Magoha has said that marking of the scripts will commence on Monday.
According to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), 831,026 candidates sat the examination in more than 10,000 centres nationwide.
Meanwhile while supervising the distribution of examination materials, Magoha continued to reaffirm that the exams have not leaked.
Cases of exam malpractice have been attributed to ‘early exposure’
This phenomenon has seen several center managers and students arrested after some were found with cell phones in exam centers.
Over 60 mobile phones are said to have been seized during the exam period.
“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,” said Magoha who further said that,“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,”
The education CS continued to reiterate that KNEC ensured exam materials have all the security features intact to curb any attempts of cheating.
In a bid to curb attempts of cheating, Magoha issued a series of guidelines to center managers including, keeping school gates wide open to facilitate ease of monitoring of all processes,restriction of access of unauthorized personnel including teachers as well allowing teachers handling practical subjects in exam centers during the days the subject are taken.
Also only two mobile phones were allowed with the school compound. one for the centre manager and the another for the security officer for emergency purposes.
Those accused of ‘early exposure’ of exams are expected to be prosecuted with the teachers Service Commission (TSC) instituting disciplinary action against teachers found culpable.