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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

NATIONAL SCHOOLS IN EXAM CHEATING

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination results were released Tuesday where 2, 975 candidates, some of them in five national schools, had their grades cancelled due to cheating.
Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, however, said the number was a significant drop from 3,812 candidates whose results were cancelled in the 2013 KCSE results.
Prof Kaimenyi said the vice has been worsened by the fact that school principals and head teachers are at the ‘forefront of perpetuating exam cheating.’
He said he was saddened by the fact that instead of teachers being role models, they are teaching the children left under their care how to cheat.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS
“These students will live with it, they will never trust seniors, their self-esteem is affected and they will not be self-confident in their lives even if they score top grades,” said Prof Kaimenyi.
The Education CS said he was also appalled that national schools are also involved in the malpractice.
Without disclosing the names, he said it was a letdown that schools which admit best performing candidates can still cheat.
“ I wonder why a national school would admit the cream of the performers and still cheat. If the cream of the national can cheat, what will the rest do,” said Kaimenyi.
According to last year’s KCSE statistics, county schools followed by sub county schools had the highest cases of cheating.