The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has issued a warning to center managers and invigilators regarding the potential leakage of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) practical exams.
In a notice released on Monday October 23, the council stressed that all invigilators must refrain from sharing confidential instructions related to the preparation of science practical examination papers with unauthorized individuals, including the candidates, until the official examination time.
“We wish to strongly caution all KCSE Centre Managers against sharing of advanced confidential instructions for the preparation of science practical examination papers with unauthorized persons,” the notice emphasized,
According to the KNEC Act, center managers found guilty of these offenses may face imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months, a fine not exceeding Ksh500,000, or both.
The punishment applies to those who gain access to examination materials and knowingly disclose their contents, whether verbally or in writing, to any unauthorized party, whether a candidate or otherwise. It also extends to individuals who intentionally and maliciously damage examination materials.
Additionally, the jail term is applicable to individuals who, without being registered for a specific council examination, attempt to impersonate enrolled candidates or possess and present forged certificates or diplomas.
The national examinations commenced nationwide today, with candidates sitting for the physics practicals. A total of 903,260 candidates had registered to take this particular paper.
The KCSE is set to run until November 24.
Data from the Ministry of Education indicates that just under a million students will sit for the KCSE, while 1.4 million will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
In total, 3.5 million candidates are expected to participate in these two examinations, including the newly introduced Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).