Candidates in exams irregularity to face 3-year ban

By Standard Digital Reporter

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will ban candidates whose examination results have been cancelled from taking any Council’s examination for three consecutive years, The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has said. 

He said this when he officially opened a stakeholders workshop to deliberate on the draft rules and regulations that govern the administration of examination at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). 

The regulations, which will give effect to the Kenya National Examinations Council Act (KNEC) 2012, aim at safeguarding the security and integrity of the examinations. 

They will also strengthen the administration of examinations and guide those who handle examinations. 

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi expressed concern that some unscrupulous people continue cheating or abetting examination cheating despite the stiff penalties that the examination law now imposes on culprits. 

He, however, said that the Government will protect the integrity and credibility of the examinations systems by ensuring the security of the examinations and punishing those involved in cheating. 

The Chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), Prof. Kabiru Kenyanjui revealed that three Principals of secondary schools, three invigilators and four teachers were involved in examinations irregularities during this year’s school examinations.  

He expressed concern that the very teachers who should be role models to students were the ones teaching children how to cheat. 

The rules will, upon deliberation and consensus be gazette and will form part of the law that will guide the administration of examinations by the Council.

Present during the occasion included the Chief Executive Officer of KNEC, Mr. Paul Wasanga and the Acting Education Secretary, Mr. Kiragu Wa Magochi.