In Summary
  • All question papers will be escorted by armed security officers to and from the containers accompanied by centre managers.
  • Prof Magoha warned the Knec to ensure supervisors and invigilators were not posted to the same stations where they have worked in the past two years.

Teachers and examination officials have devised new ways of cheating in the national tests, prompting the need for increased surveillance.

Some of the tricks likely to be employed in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams, which begin on Tuesday, and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams were responsible for the cancellation of results in 16 counties last year, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said.

“The malpractices include early exposure of the second paper in some of the days and claims of inadvertent opening of afternoon tests in the morning,” he says, adding that culprits will “have the full force of the law applied against them”.

He says some of the supervisors and invigilators are colluding to have some of the papers transported from the containers in private vehicles rather than designated government cars to allow tampering with the tests, says Prof Magoha in a document released to the examination officials ahead of the exams.

“Some schools have hatched plans to have some of the teachers hover around examination centres in the guise of being cooks, watchmen or other subordinate staff. Upon opening of the papers, questions are then quickly sneaked to the teachers who try to smuggle the answers into the test halls,” says Prof Magoha.

COMPLIANCE

He says some schools have had structures set up around examination centres where hired people are handed the papers to quickly work out the answers, which are then smuggled into the halls.

“Audacious and unscrupulous supervisors are planning to collude with the rest of the examination staff to have some papers opened prematurely," he says, adding that the ministry has mapped out about 300 examination centres countrywide where cheating is likely to take place.

“I urge everyone, including candidates and examination officials, to strictly comply with the regulations to avoid falling into the security traps we have mapped out,” says the CS in a tough warning timed to coincide with KCPE rehearsals Monday.

Some 1,088,986 candidates will write the Standard Eight test in 27,809 centres across the country, starting with Mathematics and English Section A on Tuesday morning and English Composition in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, they will sit Science, Kiswahili Lugha and Kiswahili Insha and conclude with Social Studies and religious Education on Thursday.

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