The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has refuted allegations made by a researcher from the Zizi Afrique Foundation claiming that 60 percent of questions in national exams are repeated.
In an interview with a prominent media outlet on Tuesday, KNEC CEO David Njeng’ere dismissed these claims as baseless.
He emphasized that the individual making these assertions failed to provide any substantiating evidence.
“This person making this claim did not produce any evidence. It is very difficult to respond to allegations that have no evidence. She needed to have produced evidence. Those claims are not true unless there is clear evidence.” He stated.
Njeng’ere’s comments were prompted by a researcher affiliated with the Zizi Afrique Foundation, Dr. Purity Ngina, who asserted that approximately 60 percent of questions in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams are duplicated annually.
Dr. Ngina argued that while many examine incidents of cheating post-exam, few scrutinize the content of the questions themselves.
“One of the things I have not seen is people analysing the questions. Because one of the things you will realise if you go through the KCPE or the KCSE exam papers is that 60 per cent of the questions are repeated,” She stated.
Dr. Ngina made these remarks during an interview with Citizen TV, emphasizing that schools investing in the analysis of previous national exam questions stand to significantly boost their students’ scores.
She went on to reveal that these findings were shared at a conference in 2022, attended by assessment bodies across Africa, including KNEC.
According to Ngina, the research indicated that 60 percent of questions in Kenya’s national exams were rehashed, with some questions being duplicated verbatim and placed in the same sequence as in previous years.
The 2023 KCSE exams have commenced, with practical papers administered to Form Four candidates.
A total of 903,260 candidates have been registered for this year’s KCSE. 1.4 million candidates are preparing to sit the KCPE exams.
The rehearsal date for both KCPE and KPSEA is set for Friday, October 27. The exams for both KCPE and KPSEA will begin on Monday, October 30, and conclude on Wednesday, November 1.