State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr Julius Jwan has maintained that the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) examination has not leaked, insisting that what the country is experiencing is unscrupulous school principals who are opening the scheduled second paper, taking pictures and sharing with their syndicate.
Dr Jwan was speaking in Bomet early Monday morning where he supervised the opening of Kenya National Examination Container (KNEC) week two papers.
“I want to assure the country and all stakeholders in the education sector that there is no examination paper that has leaked, what is emerging and which is not clear and I am here to inform you is dishonest centre managers who open the second paper scheduled on a particular day and share it with university students for answers retrieval,” explained Dr Jwan.
He added, “In our context and technical language we say that the examination has leaked when students get access to the papers three or so days before the paper, as you can see the examination is sealed in a manner that it’s impossible to access what is inside.”
However, the PS acknowledged that the centre managers in question have been arrested and they are in custody to assist the Directorate of Criminal Investigations with information and links to their syndicate.
“We have arrested the entire team of examinations officers in Mbooni including the dishonest school principal who happened to open the second paper before its time, we also noticed that the paper was shared with the university students. They do the paper and re-send it back,” noted the PS.
Dr. Jwan also warned university students being used in examination malpractices urging them to desist from the act and not to be misled by messing with their future.
He maintained that anyone found culpable will be arrested and charged, the PS acknowledged two Rongo University students and another one from Technical Institute are in the custody due to the same.
The Principal Secretary maintained that the ministry has sealed all loopholes with examination for every centre having its own unique security feature mark making it easy to trace their origin.
“Each examination for every centre in the country has a unique security feature, if we see a paper roaming around the country before its time we will run the suspicious document on our system and we will know the centre where it originates from, we will arrest the suspects and the law will take its course,” he said.
The PS and his team of officials from the Ministry of education are going around the country to monitor the implementations of rules set by KNEC on administering exams.
By Lamech Arisa