CS Magoha’s official statement after arrest of KCSE exam officials

CS Magoha's official statement after arrest of KCSE exam officials

Wednesday, April 14, 2021                             PRESS STATEMENT

PROGRESS OF THE 2020 KCSE NATIONAL EXAMINATION

The 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examination, now on its 12th  Day,  has  progressed  excellently  well  countrywide.

Despite the heavy rains pounding some parts of the country, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has delivered all examination papers to all centres leading to a smooth exercise.

Although the first batch of candidates cleared sitting all their papers on April 12, 2021, others will  continue sitting their remaining  examination papers until the last day, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

I wish to assure all  parents that the Ministry has already put in place measures to ensure a smooth travel of all candidates to all their home counties, induding  those entering, leaving or passing through the five counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu,

Machakos and Kajiado that have  been  put  under travel  restrictions as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

As we head towards  the tail-end of the KCSE examinations, I wish to implore on all officials working under the Multi-Agency Examinations Monitoring Team to not let their legs off the pedal until the exercise  is fully completed by all the 752,891  registered candidates.

This will help us maintain the integrity of the national examinations, as we have done over the last  five years.

As I informed the country two weeks  ago, we have been battling with a few cases of early exposure of some papers during this examination.

Although we have been decisive and ruthless in our pursuit of the masterminds of these unethical pratice, we regrettably note that some of them are determined to go to any lengths in a bid to expose the contents of the examination papers once they are released in the morning to schools after 6am.

This morning, for example, we are pursuing examination officials who exposed the contents of the Agriculture Paper  1 to some candidates. Firm action will be taken against the perpetrators.

Over the last week, using our impermeable security features of the examinations, 11 examination officials including centre managers, supervisors and invigilators  have been arrested over attempts to expose some  of the KCSE  examination papers as follows:

Name of Centre       Sub County      Countv             Officials Arrested

1.  John Mbadi          Suba                   Homabay          –     Centre Manager & Supervisor

2.  Adega Mixed       Rachuonyo       Homabay            –     Centre Manager

3.  El-Hagarsu Mixed         Mandera Central              Mandera           –     Centre Manager & 2 supervisors

4.  Kerongorori Mixed        Kenyenya             Kisii                         –     Centre Manager & Two  Supervisors

5.  Huda Secondarv                    Faf                   Garissa               –     Centre manager

6.  Moro Secondarv                 Nyakach            Kisumu                  –     Centre Manager & Supervisor

I wish to assure the country that these attempts to access the examinations  have not interfered with the credibility of the examinations as the exposed questions were never accessed by the candidates. We warn anyone who intends to compromise the integrity of the examinations that tough action will be meted out to them.

All the remaining examination materials will remain safely kept to ensure the sanctity of the ongoing examinations.

We thank all the  stakeholders and examination  monitors who have kept sending in tips of any suspected malpractices tothe Kenya National Examinations Council through the Toll Free Numbers  are:

0800-724-900 and 0800-721410

PROF GEORGE MAGOHA, EGH

CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF DUECATION

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