Leakage: Knec makes changes on distribution of national exams

Leakage: Knec makes changes on distribution of national exams

The Government has yesterday resolved to make changes to the national examination distribution model in a bid to further secure the process and avoid cases of leakages.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu led a meeting of education stakeholders at the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), which agreed to change the distribution of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers.

Unlike in the past where all KCSE examination papers for the day were picked in the morning, it has now been resolved that they will be collected for each session paper, even as the Government assured that it will work out on the logistics to ensure this runs smoothly.

“Education officials are cautioned from giving out false information regarding the national examinations to the public without consultations with the relevant departments,” the CS said.

In attendance were KNEC Chief Executive David Njengere, who had organised the meeting, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, County Directors of Education among others.

Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination papers distribution model, however, remains unchanged and all papers for a particular day will be collected in the morning.

The government has also resolved that it will map out the examination centres to ensure that schools collect the examination materials from the nearest containers.

Last week, Machogu led senior education officials in responding to questions from the National Assembly committee on education on alleged cheating in 2022 KCSE.

According to the CS, early exposure is where the candidates have unauthorised prior access to the content of the exam papers before the set time of the exam on the material day of the exam.
“In this instance, the examination package is opened after being picked from the distribution centre and then the question papers and possible answers are shared with the candidates or on social media, sometimes, at a fee,” the CS explained.

For leakage, he said this is where candidates have unauthorised access to content of the exam question papers before the scheduled day of the exam , which may lead to an advantage over other who had no prior information.

The CS said there has been a portrayal that schools from certain counties achieved extraordinary scores and the narrative was that they were accorded undue advantage to which he dismissed.

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