Rights body wants KNEC boss suspended

By: STELLA CHERONO

A human rights organisation has demanded the immediate suspension of Kenya National Examinations Council Chief Executive Joseph Kivilu over the leaking of examination papers.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) also wants the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations suspended and fresh examinations administered at no cost to the students.

KNCHR chairman Kagwiria Mbogori said despite Knec’s persistent denial about the leakage, there was credible evidence the examination papers were being circulated illegally and with the intention of cheating in examinations.

“The actions have had the effect of jeopardising the full enjoyment of the right to education as provided for under Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya,” Ms Mbogori said.

Ms Mbogori said the rigging of national examinations seriously compromised their credibility and undermined the integrity of the education system in Kenya.

“This unwelcome development further dents Kenya’s global ranking in education and so the government needs to respond decisively to restore the stature of education in the country” Ms Mbogori added.

She also asked Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to to establish who was behind the leakage and consequently prosecute them.

“The leakage came hot on heels of the protracted teachers’ strike that paralysed learning in public schools” she said.

She said children with disabilities and those in marginalised areas had borne the brunt of the strike.

“To date, the question as to the preparedness of this category of children to sit for national examinations is yet to be resolved,” Ms Mbogori said.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION