In Summary
  • Mr Mutyambai assured the country that the National Police Service has the capacity to adequately address security challenges.
  • Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha advised candidates against being lured into cheating in examinations by unscrupulous people.

Top government officials on Friday held a security meeting ahead of the start of national examinations in two weeks’ time amid growing concern that examination cheating cartels are back.

The meeting which was attended by Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) resolved to close all gaps that the cartels may use to cheat.

Those involved in the management of examinations are concerned that examination malpractices which the government had successfully eliminated in the past two years were slowly creeping back in a number of examination centres.

Mr Mutyambai assured the country that the National Police Service has the capacity to adequately address security challenges.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that law and order is maintained in order to have a safe, secure and peaceful environment for the success of the examinations,” said Mr Mutyambai, who asked those involved in the exercise to do their best.

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He said addressing the challenges that had bedevilled the examination system require hard work, professionalism and integrity among government officers.

Among counties that have been flagged as possible cheating zones are Machakos, Meru, Isiolo, Turkana, West Pokot, Kericho, Narok, Elgeyo Marakwet, Bungoma, Kisumu, Kisii, Homa Bay, Migori, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.

On Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha advised Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates against being lured into cheating in examinations by unscrupulous people.

Prof Magoha said parents should not be duped into giving out money on the promise that their children will be assisted to access examinations before due time.

“Revise the syllabus and not past paper examinations,” Prof Magoha advised, saying that examinations were ready and security around it is tight.

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