Concern remains over the government’s decision to cancel the 2018 KCSE results for some schools in North Eastern, Eldas MP Adan Keynan saying it was an unnecessary punishment for students who toiled for years.
Mr Keynan urged the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) to reconsider its move saying it exposes the students to proscribed terror groups such as Al-Shabaab.
He said the government should track those involved in cheating, a criminal offense under Kenyan laws, noting that it takes supervisors, invigilators and school heads for malpractices to occur.
“The cancellation affects many students yet it may have been caused by an individual. Those involved are the ones who should been arraigned in court,” Mr Keynan said on Sunday.
The lawmaker further warned against the securitisation of national exams.
“It scares students. We need to change that because exam cheating is a moral issue,” he said.
“Before cancelling results, let competent government agencies conduct proper investigations. Let us also deal with the after-effects of this in a civilised manner.”
About 17 schools from the region were affected by the cancellation. On December 21, while releasing the results of the 2018
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education tests at the Knec headquarters- Nairobi, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said some were withheld pending investigations into allegations of irregularities.
The CS did not provide the names of the affected schools.
Later, Knec chairman George Magoha told the students that they have the option of re-registering for this year’s tests.