Education Principal Secretary Dr. Julius Jwan has reiterated that exam managers involved in any form of irregularity will face legal measures.
Speaking when he witnessed the opening of the seven-day exam at the Narok County commissioner’s office premises Tuesday, Jwan said the few cases of exam cheating reported arose from the second examination where exam photos were taken and posted to candidates in different parts of the country.
“The exam is in the hands of the center manager and security officials. Sometimes the center manager opens the second paper and takes a photo. If you take the photo of the exam we will be able to identify where the photo was taken,” he said.
Dr. Jwan warned that their systems are able to show the origin of the photo and can trace all the points the photo was sent.
“We had a case in a school in Mbooni area, where the exam manager took a photo of the second exam and sent it to someone in Bomet County and later sent to Baringo County. We were able to follow up and trace all the culprits who will face legal action,” he said.
The PS however reiterated that so far cases of cheating were very few compared to other years saying they were determined to complete the process successfully.
“This is our best year, but as always the case, there are few individuals who for one reason or another are determined to mess up the future of our children. But we are able to trace them and apprehend them,” he said.
The PS reiterated that the process put in place to open the examination was too tight and once tampered with, it cannot be resealed.
“The time between the two papers is very short and can make the candidate go blank if exposed to the paper 30 minutes before he or she sits for the papers,” he said.
Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde said the exam was going on smoothly in the county and that all their 10, 895 candidates were sitting for the exam.
By Ann Salaton