By Amunga Peter
According to a report that appeared in the Daily Nation on Friday, the Kenya National Examinations Council lifted Social Studies and English exams from two books that had been widely circulated to Class 8 candidates prior to sitting the national exams.
Apparently, the candidates, mostly those in private schools had already done the tests in February 2021 after purchasing the books published by Distinction Educational Publishers.
It seems there was a leakage for KCPE exams which is now circulating on social media…. I wonder how those pupils who did this paper and revised it with their teachers are affected.
Now for those of teaching in public schools with no single revision book, and parents too can’t afford any for their children,what’s their fate?
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary-General, Akelo Misori responded by saying that while it is natural for exams to be formulated from the materials pupils have learned from, copy+pasting the same in a national exam indicates major flaws in the examination process in the country.
This latest scandal comes hot on the heels of threats that education cabinet secretary George Magoha had issued against possible examination conducts. The scandal now means that private schools may not have needed to cheat as they got a helping hand directly from the examinations body.
Knec registered 1,191,725 candidates who did the tests in 28,467 KCPE examination centres. The exams were administered from Monday, March 22 and ended on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
This year’s test was the fifth to be administered under stringent rules since the introduction of measures to weed out rampant cheating that had undermined the integrity of the exam prior to 2016. The measures were introduced by CS Fred Matiang’i, who was then heading the Education docket.