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Examination personnel sacked as cheating in KCSE is unearthed in Rachuonyo

All  Examinations personnel at Nyafare Secondary School in Rachuonyo Sub-county, Homa Bay County have been replaced after an examination room was found with prepared answers of history paper one in the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Examination.

The  Nyanza Regional Education Coordinator, Richard Chepkawai Limo  on Tuesday confirmed that the centre manager, supervisor and invigilator have all been replaced after a keen security officer exposed a candidate having written materials of history paper one.

He  said the materials were smuggled into the examination room with a view of cheating in the history paper one that was done yesterday.

Chepkawai said a hawk-eyed Security officer however, identified a candidate who had the written answers which he confiscated and reported the matter to the supervisor.

But in a twist of events, the school Principal sent away the security officer from the examination room, claiming that she was scaring candidates.

The Regional Education Coordinator said a security team and education officials visited the school immediately after being alerted and took appropriate action.

The  sacked examination officials have recorded a statement with Rachuonyo Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and were due to appear in court today. “After the session, the team frisked all the 18 candidates sitting the examination and retrieved more smuggled materials,” said Chepkawai.

He said two students caught with the materials have also recorded a statement but were allowed to continue with the remaining papers before they are also charged.

Chepkawai commended the security officer for her vigilance and sincerity, warning that due court process will follow to discipline those involved.

Meanwhile, the  top student at the just released 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations in Kajiado County wants to be a Genetic Engineer.

Sean Michael Ndung’u from Kitengela International School scored 439 marks, emerging the second best pupil in the country.

Ndung’u who hopes to join Alliance Boys High School said he attributes his success to God, support from his family and teachers.He said his parents and teachers had instilled discipline in him which made him focus on his studies thus producing good results.

“I expected to perform well since I studied hard. Performance is nothing without discipline, performance will get you to the top but discipline will keep you there,” said Ndung’u.

Ndung’u advised other students to be disciplined and to always aspire to be the better versions of themselves.

“My  advice to other pupils is not to aspire to be the best in the world but to always aspire to be the best versions of themselves “he said.

The  Kitengela International School’s Headmaster, James Ireri, noted that Ndung’u had always been a top performer and he expected him to perform well.

He said this year’s candidates had been prepared well for the examinations with the second best pupil from the school, Briana Kulundu, scoring 436 marks.

Ireri attributes the good performance of the school to a strong Christian background that the school is anchored on.

“We are grateful to God for the success, our school in anchored on a Christian background and through discipline and hard work, we have achieved,” said the Headteacher.

The Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof. George Magoha, on Monday announced the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results where the top candidate scored 440 marks.

Andy Michael Munyiri emerged the top performer, followed by the trio of Flavian Onyango (Chakol Girls), June CheptooKoech (Sangalo Central) and Sean Michael Ndung’u (Kitengela International School) with 439 marks.

1,083,456 candidates sat for the 2019 KCPE examinations, out of which 543,000 were boys and 539,874 girls.

Magoha said all class eight pupils will be placed in high schools by December 2.

By  George  Kaiga/Rop  Janet

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