Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has introduced additional measures to prevent cheating as the 2021 KCSE examination enters its second week on Monday.
This follows an incident in which Four college students were arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in connection to a criminal syndicate allegedly responsible for selling Kenya Certificate of Secondary Schools Examinations (KCSE) to candidates all over the country.
The Education CS has directed that all school gates are kept wide open throughout the day’s examination hours, security officers sit at positions where they have a full view of the examination materials for the second daily paper while the morning paper is underway.
Center managers will not allow any unauthorized teacher(s) or staff to hang around the school compounds during the examination season, Only teachers handling practical subjects will be allowed in examination centers during the days the subjects are taken.
Magoha further asked Supervisors and invigilators not to take any time off from the examination rooms for any other activity while examinations are in progress.
Nobody will be allowed to have a phone except one for the center manager, and one for the security officer, both of which should be kept at the center manager’s office in case of any emergency.
However, Professor Magoha maintains that the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examination has not leaked and that masterminds of the early exposure schemes have been arrested and will face the full force of the law.
” So far, not a single examination paper has been leaked (circulated before the opening of the container) since the examination started on Monday last week, true to our promise. All the papers have been delivered to every examination center with all the unique KNEC security features intact. I repeat: No examination paper has been leaked, none will,” assured the CS.
In a statement on Sunday, Magoha said the only exam malpractice witnessed so far is that of early exposure of the exam papers.
” However, having sealed all the loopholes of leaking examinations, a few unscrupulous people have over the last five years devised a new dirty trick of opening examination packages a few minutes before the start time, in what we call the “early exposure”. Their tendency is to use mobile phones to take photographs of a few or all the examination questions before sneaking them out of the examination centres waiting for hired people who thereafter tackle the questions before smuggling the “answers” back to the candidates,” said the CS.