The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) new measure of double collection of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers has curbed Exam malpractice.
Dr. Belio Kipsang, the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, highlighted that the new arrangement, where center managers collect exams from containers twice a day, has successfully curbed early exposure of the papers, thereby containing maladministration.
Under this new policy, the second paper of the day is collected from the containers while the students’ answer scripts from the first paper are being stored. This rapid turnover leaves no opportunity for tampering with the second paper, as was the case in past years
Ps Kipsang emphasized the collaborative efforts of the ministry with the security and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) departments to minimize malpractices in this year’s exams.
He disclosed that ICT officials have effectively blocked online sites previously used for early exposure to exams and other malpractices.
Out of 11,000 center managers, only seven have been implicated in examination malpractices, resulting in their suspension. Ongoing investigations will determine appropriate legal actions against them.
Among the suspended officials are principals from high schools, including Nyambaria High School in Nyamira County, Gekomoni Secondary School and Sironga Girls High School in the Upper Nyanza region. These officers are accused of facilitating exam malpractice through the use of mobile phones.
The 2023 KCSE examinations involve 903,260 candidates, marking an increase from the 884,122 candidates who sat for the 2022 exams.