No Single Paper Has Been Leaked, Magoha
Education cabinet secretary, prof George Magoha has maintained that no single KCSE or KCPE paper has been leaked, even as the entire country is questioning the credibility of the national exams.
“As we are entering week two of the Kenya certificate of secondary education, I can assure you that no single paper has been leaked,” announced Magoha.
Even as the DCI announced the arrest of three suspects, Prof Magoha said all papers were delivered to examination centres with all unique Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) security features intact.
Prof Magoha said the photos of test papers are sent to a group of hired people who tackle the questions and send back answers that are then given to candidates.
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Prof Magoha said despite sealing leaking loopholes, a few people have over the last five years been opening exam packages a few minutes before the stated time.
According to Magoha, the only challenge being experienced so far is a situation where some few officials open the exams before its done, take photos and send to other people.To curb this, Magoha has said only two phones will be allowed in exam centres across the country.
The CS said only the centre manager and a security officer manning the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination will be allowed to access the centres with their mobile phones.
The directive comes in the wake of reported cases of the use of teachers’ mobile phones to send photos of test papers after the exam has started.
Speaking at Muhoho High School in Kiambu at the weekend, Prof Magoha said anybody violating the directive will be arrested and prosecuted.
“Our main headache is the use of mobile phones. From today (Monday) anyone caught with a phone apart from the two, will have them confiscated until the exams are completed,” he said.
Prof Magoha continued: “Our team of investigators are on the ground and will effect the measures accordingly.” The CS spoke while on an inspection tour of the school to monitor the construction of new CBC classrooms.
Prof Magoha said a number of teachers who have been caught sending photos of test papers after the exam had started are set to be arraigned.
“We caught about 20 teachers and confiscated 60 cell phones in one centre. The exam cheating is happening after the containers are opened and while the candidates are in their exam rooms, meaning a cell phone must have been used.”
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