In Summary
  • TSC boss Nancy Macharia announced that the agency will reward teachers who will perform exemplarily during the examination period.
  • In Isiolo, County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri warned police at exam centres against posing for photos with candidates.

Day One of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations was marred with reports of cheating schemes despite stringent measures to curb the vice.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Monday warned those behind such plans of dire consequences.

“We are getting information that is not encouraging. Parents have collected massive sums of money,” Prof Magoha said when he addressed the media after supervising the opening of a container and distribution of examination materials at Kisumu East deputy county commissioner’s office.

Through intelligence, they had learned that cartels had identified examination officials to target for bribery to allow cheating in Nyanza.

On remuneration, supervisors will be paid Sh120,000, invigilators Sh60,000 and security officers Sh40,000 in Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori and Kisii counties.

“I’m just taken aback because we had moved away from this kind of nonsense. Nobody should say they were not warned,” Prof Magoha said.

SUSPECTS CAUGHT

Before the exams, counties in Nyanza had been flagged as possible cheating hotspots alongside Machakos, Meru, Isiolo, Turkana, West Pokot, Kericho, Narok, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Bungoma, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.

During the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations last week, eight people were arrested in Nyandarua County for engaging in malpractices.

Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said all examination containers should be opened at 6am.

Speaking in Mombasa while supervising the collection of examination materials from Mvita Sub-County, Dr Kipsang said a team had been dispatched to Tana River County to assess the status of a crucial road. “We have a chopper on standby in case of any problem,” he said.

ROAD TRAGEDIES

In Nakuru County, the first day was dampened by a tragedy following the death of a centre manager in a road accident on the way to collect exam materials from Naivasha.

The accident occurred at Longonot on the Maai Mahiu-Naivasha Road when their vehicle rammed into a stationary lorry.

Two other centre managers were seriously injured and were taken to Kijabe Mission Hospital.

The deceased, Mary Wanjiru Macharia, was the principal of Rev Jeremiah Gitau Secondary School.

The injured were Mr David Kimani, the principal of Kiambogo Secondary School and Mr John Kago, the principal of Blessed Mustard Seed School.

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