KENYAN PRIVATE SCHOOLS WARNED AGAINST INVOLVEMENT IN EXAM MALPRACTICES

NAIROBI, The government will not tolerate any individual or institution which attempts to interfere with the credibility of Kenya’s national examinations, says Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Education Dr. Fred Matiang’i, who warns that the government will de-register private schools which are found to have attempted to engage in examinations malpractices.

The Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will take disciplinary action against educational centre managers or officials involved in such practices, he said here Monday at the Aga Khan High School in Nairobi when he witnessed the students sitting for their mathematics paper in the national examinations.

His comments came after the Ministry of Education announced it had de-registered a school in Gilgil in Nakuru County over examination malpractices. St Theresa Girls Senior School has been directed to surrender its registration certificate to the Ministry with immediate effect.

The decision was communicated to the school by Education Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) Belio Kipsang moments after TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia made an impromptu visit to the school during the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

The Cabinet Secretary said although strict management of examinations had guarded against leakage, saying, there were attempts to open the examinations scripts earlier which had been stopped in time and action taken against the offenders.

He said students found to be engaged in examinations malpractice risked being excluded from the examinations altogether instead of waiting to disqualify them during the release of the examination results.

He asked candidates to take individual responsibility while sitting for the entire examinations. Those involved in managing the examinations were committed to doing good work and doing it honestly.

He said the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) had given its moral and logistical support to the government to ensure the credibility and integrity of the examinations. Other government agencies had helped deal with challenges and the security agencies had airlifted examination papers in northern Kenya where heavy rains had cut off schools.

According to Dr Kipsang, the de-registration of the school in Nakuru County takes effect on Dec 1. The school has further been directed to hand over its registration certificate to Nakuru County Director of Education, who is also the County Education Board (CEB) Secretary.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK