In Summary
  • Cabinet and some government functions brought to a standstill as the executive pulls all stops to stop cheating.
  • CS Macharia told journalists that the exams saw them abandon a planned Cabinet meeting.
  • CS Kobia said the executive would be on the ground during the entire exam period to stop cheats and exam cartels.

The ongoing Standard Eight national exams have brought Cabinet and some government functions to a standstill as the executive pulls all stops to stop cheating.

On Tuesday, almost the entire Cabinet abandoned its policy formulation role to oversee dispatch of exam papers across the country.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha was in Mombasa, Najib Balala of Tourism in the capital Nairobi, Transport CS James Macharia (Murang’a), Public Service CS Margaret Kobia (Meru), Interior CS Fred Matiang’i (Nakuru) while his ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru was in Nyeri.

Besides Cabinet secretaries, the three-day exercise also saw principal secretaries and chief administrative officers abandon their offices to open exam containers that act as stores.

MOTIVATION

Mr Macharia told journalists that the exams saw them abandon a planned Cabinet meeting.

"This is a serious exercise and to show the government commitment, we cancelled the Cabinet meetings to monitor the exams around the country,” he said in Kigumo.

“We are moulding the future leaders and that is why we are taking the whole process with the seriousness it deserves.”

Apart from ensuring that the tests are administered well, Mr Macharia they had also come out “to motivate pupils”.

STOPPING CARTELS

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