- Knec acting CEO Mercy Karogo, has warned that they will not rectify certificates of candidates whose photographs will not match their image
- Korogo revealed that some people were using that avenue to impersonate others
- She told schools to ensure that the photographs attached on candidates' papers are legitimate and accurate
The Government has warned that it will not rectify the certificates of candidates whose photographs will not match their images.
The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) said many fraudulent activities take place during rectification of photographs after printing certificates.
The Knec acting chief executive officer, Mercy Karogo, said cases of impersonation had been reported where some con artists sought to alter photographs to falsify academic qualifications.
"In 2017, the council will not recover certificates due to photo mismatch. This has been noted as one of the key areas of impersonation," Ms Karogo yesterday.
She told schools to ensure that the photographs attached on candidates' papers are legitimate and accurate. "We have realised that some of these mistakes occur because of the carelessness of teachers. Some take the assignments to be done at cyber cafes but fail to verify what has been uploaded," said Karogo.
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"In the end, some peoples use that avenue to seek corrections long after we have printed out the certificate."
Knec started a nationwide campaign across all schools ahead of the scheduled kick-off of national examinations.
"The briefings focus on poor verification of candidates' registration details leading to wrong entries in terms of gender, subject choices, spelling of names, school choices, and mismatch or missing photos," said Karogo.
Some 1.6 million candidates will sit this year's examinations. Of these, 1,003,556 will sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination, while 615,773 will write the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination. KCPE exams will run from October 31 to November 2. KCSE rehearsals will be done on November 3, with the mathematics and chemistry papers scheduled for November 6, the first day of written examinations.