Anxiety as Knec to decide fate of cancelled 2018 KCSE results
SEE ALSO :University students linked to exam leakEducation Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said last year that the candidates in the affected schools will wait until January 31 when she will announce their fate. Chance to defend “Knec will finalise investigations into suspected malpractices and release a report on the same on or before January 31, 2019,” said Amina. It emerged that after interviews with examiners, and interaction with available evidence, Knec is convinced that some of the schools were engaged in outright theft of the examination. The schools management will Monday be given the investigations verdicts and accorded a chance to defend their schools.
SEE ALSO :Anxiety as KCPE set to be releasedIt emerged that in some centres, the test administrators were compromised and allowed discussion of questions in the examination room. Overall, Amina said 191 people, including candidates were arrested and arraigned in court for various examination offences. “Some 56 cases are still pending in court,” she said. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) already announced that it has interdicted five teachers for offences associated with non-compliance to exam procedures. TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said during the administration of last year’s KCSE exam, 66 cases of non-conformity to and violation of examination regulations were registered.
SEE ALSO :KCPE 2018 out earlier than last year's“Investigations are going on in the other cases. We will ensure the cases are concluded within the shortest time possible,” said Mrs Macharia. Speaking during the release of the results, Amina said cases of early exposure, impersonation, possession of unauthorised materials in some exam centres and collusion were reported. Arising from these offences, Knec cancelled results for 100 candidates. Details of the report findings reveal that in one centre, 300 candidates had same answers to one question. And in some schools, it was a clear case of ‘open book,’ it emerged. Some candidates also wrote answer requests for certain questions on the open spaces of examination booklets, which they passed on to teachers or fellow candidates to assist. Most of the candidates who wrote the requests forgot to delete them and these raised the attention of markers and prompted investigations into possible collusion. “The answers to the requested questions were similar across many candidates and this was clear collusion,” said a Knec insider. Reports also indicate that some candidates inserted money into the examination booklets that they submitted for marking. The candidates left up to Sh1,000 in the answer booklets. The Knec report has confirmed that some schools set up command centres around the institutions where examination questions were sneaked out and worked out for students.