Matiangi warns on credibility of examinations

The Government will not tolerate any individual or institution that attempts to interfere with the credibility of national examinations, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said.

Dr. Matiang’i said the government will deregister private schools found to have attempted to engage in examinations malpractices.

He said the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission would take disciplinary action against center managers or officials involved in a similar practice.

The Cabinet Secretary made the remarks at Aga Khan High School where he witnessed the opening Mathematics Paper 2 Monday morning. He was flanked by the Regional Commissioner, Nairobi Region, Mr. B.J. Leparmarai and the Regional Coordinator for Education in the area, Mr. John Olooltua

The Cabinet Secretary said strict management of examinations had guarded against leakage and attempts to open the examinations scripts earlier had been thwarted and action taken against the offenders.

The CS said students found to engage in examinations malpractice risked being excluded from the examinations altogether instead of waiting to disqualify them during the release of the examinations after marking.

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

Mr. Matiang’i said the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) had given moral and logistical support to the government to ensure the credibility and integrity of the examinations.

He said other government agencies had helped deal with challenges such as heavy rains adding that security agencies had airlifted examination papers in Northern Kenya where heavy rains cut off schools.

He had earlier conducted an inspection tour of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School in Shauri Moyo Estate in Nairobi.

Source: Kenya News Agency