If examination cheats expected the scale to tilt to their advantage after Fred Matiang’i was posted to the Internal Security docket, they are in for a rude shock. Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has just made a bad situation worse for them by tightening the noose around their necks.
Yesterday, she announced that schools that will release examination questions to candidates before scheduled time will be closed down and students locked out of the entire examination.
Candidates who will be found to have accessed the examination questions will have the entire examination cancelled and will be forced to repeat the entire examination. Dr Mohammed said the Government would not waste resources to mark examination papers of cheats. In a tough message at the start of an examination briefing, Amina also warned school heads, candidates and parents to be wary of fake examination questions that are already circulating in the social media.
The CS said some unscrupulous persons had been selling fake examination papers and warned that anyone found culpable would be arrested and prosecuted. “Let me say this clearly, no examination questions will leak before time. Anyone buying examination questions must know that they are fake,” said Amina. Some 1.7 million candidates will sit the primary and secondary examinations this year. Of these, 1,060,703 will sit KCPE while 664,585 write the KCSE papers.