Kisii School, Nyabururu results cancelled

Kisii, Kenya: Kisii School has had exam results for 145 students who sat the 2014 KCSE cancelled over allegations of cheating.

This is an eerie replica of what happened in 1995 and 2004, when results were also cancelled, and the situation is proving to be a bitter pill for its 323 candidates, teachers and parents to swallow.

This time, the school has been accused by Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) of cheating in English and History papers with affected students being from index 1-145.

The Standard tried to reach County Director of Education, Richard Chepkawai, for comment on what's the way forward for this school, long viewed as the region's star, but he could not be reached on phone and was not available at his office.

Principal Casper Maina was also not available for comment with firm instructions given to the school gatekeeper not to allow the media into the school compound.

Nyakoiba Secondary School is another facing the same fate after results of 216 candidates were cancelled due to irregularities in the Kiswahili paper.


Neither the school headteacher nor the parents were ready to speak to the Press and the school remained locked for the better part of yesterday.

Nyabururu Girls National School has also had its 2014 KCSE results struck off.

Principal Elmelda Ochenge could not be reached for comment as she was said to have travelled to Nairobi to follow up on the matter.

Leaders, from the education sector and the political class, were however, at hand to give their divergent views on the matter.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education County Secretary Ben Nyaundi said Knec should not punish candidates on hearsay.

"Some Knec officials have a pre-conceived mindset on some of these schools. We need to know what happened," Nyaundi said.

Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka, whose constituency Nyabururu Girls falls, said the community has to accept the outcome and sit to discuss the way forward.

"Let us not hide from the truth. We have a number of issues that should be solved in our schools before we start accusations. The best performing students come from our community, why then should we allow such malpractices in our local schools?" he asked.

The issue of cancelled results was yesterday lined up for discussion at the county assembly under 'urgent'.