Teachers, students and parents have been warned against engaging in examination irregularities ahead of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams expected to begin from next month.
The Makueni County Director of Education (CDE), Jane Njogu said stern disciplinary measures would be taken against those found flouting examination regulations set by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).
Njogu said it was disheartening that those charged with administering exams colluded with unscrupulous people to comprise the integrity of exams.
It is sad that supervisors, invigilators and exam centre managers are comprised to allow cheating of exams. This will not be tolerated as we expect the integrity of those involved in exams to be beyond reproach, she said.
The CDE speaking on Monday during an examination briefing exercise at Makueni boy’s high school, reiterated the government’s commitment to curbing cheating in exams and urged all schools’ heads to be vigilant and stop the vice in the county.
Makueni boys’, Barazani girls’ and Kitondo boys’ secondary schools engaged in examination malpractices last year.
When results of candidates are cancelled, it adversely affects their future prospects in education and this must be avoided at all costs, added Njogu.
She asked schools’ heads to give all candidates especially those with special needs a conducive environment to sit for their final exams.
Let the physical facilities especially for those candidates with disability be up to standard to allow them write their exams comfortably, added the director.
Njogu decried the high number of girls who gave birth during the examination period last year and called for a collaborative approach to stem the trend.
Makueni recorded the highest number of girls giving birth while sitting for the exams. Young girls should be taken through guidance and counseling to avert a crisis, she noted.
However, she noted that such candidates should also be given chance to sit for exams. The exams could be the only ticket out their predicament and if they are lactating, they should be allowed to breast feed their babies during breaks, said Njogu.
Speaking at the same event, the County Commissioner (CC), Maalim Mohammed warned officers manning exams containers against tampering with the materials.
The Deputy county commissioners and sub county education officers charged with the responsibility of manning containers should not delegate their duties to anybody and will be held personally liable if anything goes wrong, warned Mohammed.
The county commissioner said his office would mobilise all government vehicles for transporting of exam materials to avoid unnecessary delays especially in areas with poor terrain like Nzaui, Mukaa and Kilungu.
We will also ask other relevant stakeholders to chip in and help address the logistical hurdles that may affect the smooth running of exams, he added.
Mohammed also cautioned security officers and local administrators against manning exams while drunk.
No officer will be allowed to discharge duties while intoxicated, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency