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DPP Roots for Multi-agency Team to Counter Exam Malpractices

Office of the Director of Public Prosecution has proposed the creation of a multi-agency team that will handle and manage malpractices in national exams.

In a meeting with the National Assembly on Education Committee on Thursday, ODPP said the sector has faced several challenges which are ailing the sector.

In her presentation, Public Prosecutions Secretary Dorcas Oduor said the advent of technology has resulted in different crime trends that have not been fully captioned by the law.

She said the multi-agency unit will assist them to analyze such crimes related to national examination malpractices.

“This would result in enhanced efficiency in detection, prevention investigation, prosecution and adjudication of complex crimes that relate to exam cheating,” Oduor said.

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She added that among the issues ailing the education sector include collusion amongst proprietors of examination centres and apathy by parents who have become key players in perpetrating exam cheating and malpractices.

They also recommended an increased budgetary allocation to ensure capacity building for all stakeholders within the multi-agency team.

“Proper infrastructure for the examination setting, holding centres as well as learning institution will help deter any malpractices,” Oduor said.

Oduor called on the government to undertake countrywide sensitization programmes to create awareness among the citizenry on the ripple effect of exam cheating in society.

“Once the import of these ethical values is ingrained in the citizenry, the prevalence of exam cheating shall drastically reduce,” she said.

“With the growing population in the education institutions coupled with the changing society, it is important for institutions to keep an updated record of all the cases reported for exam cheating and related malpractices.”

She said such a database will not only create a sustainable account for reference purposes, but it will also inform policymakers on whether or not the recommended strategies for reform are working.

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