Ministry on red alert over new exam cheating tricks
SEE ALSO :Knec releases pay rates for officialsDeliberate mistakes In the planned scheme of cheating, Magoha said examination officials will support the cast in a collusion that will see some deliberate ‘mistakes’ made. A planned two kilometre surveillance of examination zones is slated to cut down on that. “Claims of ‘mistakes’ in opening the second examinations paper during the morning session instead of the afternoon paper may be noted with intention to steal the examination,” Magoha said. To stop the execution of the plan, centre managers will ensure that no unauthorised person is in the examination centre for the entire period. “It has come to our attention that some examination centres plan to retain subject teachers to teach candidates after the day’s examination. Any unauthorised teacher found in the precincts of the examinations room will be punished,” Magoha told the security officers.
SEE ALSO :14 arrested in raid on KCSE exam cheatsYesterday, Saturday Standard established that Knec is already making deliveries to the containers. 479-odd metallic containers will be used for storage of examination papers across 338 sub-counties. The revelations are part of the unraveling efforts by Knec to expose the cartels. Just last month, the Council unearthed a web of 315 schools planning to engage in examination irregularities across several counties. Knec internal investigations report revealed that some institutions are planning to station subject teachers in schools to help in cheating. Some schools are also planning to use teachers to mark up KCPE examinations papers for candidates. In others, parents are collecting money to facilitate early exposure of examinations In his talking notes, Magoha said a deliberate failure to transport the scripts from the containers using government vehicles and under the watch of police officers will be mooted. Hired cheats Knec examination administration regulations require that an armed security officer must man all vehicles. Magoha said some structures have been converted into areas where hired people will attempt questions before smuggling them into examination rooms. After the meeting, Knec and security officers agreed on strategies to enhance the security of the 2019 national examinations. Part of these will require deputy county commissioners (DCCs) and assistant county commissioners (ACCs) to be personally involved in the daily opening and closing of the containers. And once the examination papers for the day have been issued, the container will be locked and reopened when candidates’ answer scripts are returned. “The security in charge of the container must adhere to the rules pertaining to the opening and closing of the container,” Magoha said. The meeting also agreed that each container be manned by four armed security officers on a daily basis.
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