Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has suspended nine exam centre managers involved in examination malpractices.
The suspended centre managers were overseeing exam centers affected by malpractices identified by the Education Ministry.
These malpractices encompassed the illicit introduction of unauthorized materials into exam rooms, the presence and use of phones at exam centers, impersonation, and collusion between candidates and exam invigilators.
During a media address while visiting Kolanya Girls National School in Teso North, Busia county, Cs Machogu reported that 46 candidates had been implicated in exam malpractice, primarily due to possessing foreign materials in exam rooms.
He highlighted the success of a multi-agency approach involving the Ministries of Interior and ICT, in addition to the Ministry of Education, in preventing and addressing cheating.
“We have embraced a multi-agency approach in manning these exams and I want to assure the nation that we are going on well, despite a few cases, where nine centre managers were arrested for conspiring to indulge in malpractice,” he said.
Machogu assured the public that the situation had improved due to new measures, such as increasing the number of containers and distribution centers, preventing early exposure issues.
The Cs assured parents that every student who took the KCPE this year would be assigned to schools of their preference according to their abilities and talents.
“KCPE results will be released before the end of this month and all candidates will have an opportunity to join secondary school,” he said.
On November 7, Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang issued a warning to KCSE supervisors and invigilators against bringing phones into examination rooms.
“It has been noted that some exam officials screenshot exam scripts and shared them on social media,” Kipsang said.