In Summary
  • Wasanga denies making phone calls to school heads to alter examination results, blames fraudsters
  • National Assembly’s Education, Research and Technology Committee grills examinations CEO over results

The mobile phone line of the national exams boss was used to call school heads offering to alter KCSE results in exchange for money.

Kenya National Examinations Council Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga denied making the calls, saying they must have been made by fraudsters.

The allegations could be a blow to the integrity of the council and the just-released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results.

On Tuesday, Mr Wasanga told the National Assembly’s Education, Research and Technology committee that only con men could have made the calls seen as coming from his personal cell phone number.

Speaking to the Daily Nation by phone later, Mr Wasanga said the con men registered the sim cards as “Wasanga knec”.

The calls were made only a few days to the release of the results by people who identified themselves as exam markers or Knec officials.

MPs claimed that those who received the calls said the callers appeared to have knowledge of exam results. In some cases they threatened to change the results for schools whose headmasters failed to cooperate.

“I was informed that markers were calling schools to demand money and my number was being used. People collected a lot of money and I am even informed that one principal parted with money,” he told the committee.

Mr Wasanga made the revelation after Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo claimed the principal of Sawagongo High School had received calls from the Knec CEO’s number four days prior to the release of the results.

He claimed the principal was informed that the school had attained a mean score of 10.4 but that the same would be reduced to 9.6 if money was not sent. The school also had several Ys in the Business Studies paper where collusion was cited as the reason.

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