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Residents urged to be wary of exam cartels

Kenyans have been urged to be wary of

The  Education  Cabinet  Secretary, Prof. George Magoha being  welcome  by  the  Staff and  Students of Lwanya Girls Secondary  School on  Friday July 12, 2019  in  Busia Sub County  where  he  presided  over the  Sub County Education  Day. Photo  by Salome  Alwanda/KNA.

conmen claiming to be selling the forthcoming KCPE and KCSE Examinations.

Speaking  during Busia Sub County Education Day at Lwanya Girls’ Secondary School on Friday, the Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof. George  Magoha  said cartels were already regrouping in some parts of the country to sell fake papers to unsuspecting parents and candidates.

“Some  of them think that I am no longer working with the Kenya National Examination Council,” he said, adding that he was still in touch with the activities within the examination body.

Prof. Magoha  confirmed that preparation of the examination papers were complete and security features have been enhanced. “No examination papers will be out until the first day of the examination,” he said.

He, at  the same time, urged teachers to ensure that students understood the syllabus instead of rushing for early completion of the same.

The  CS  explained that the recently opened window for revision of University choices would allow all successful candidates to pursue courses of their choice.

“We  will  soon have a formula to ensure that candidates from disadvantaged areas also get access to the University,” he said.

Prof. Magoha further hinted out that he would make impromptu visits to examination centres during the forthcoming National examinations adding that the multi-agency approach in managing the examinations would be enhanced.

He disclosed that the government would soon disburse Sh. 8 billion to 30 counties, including Busia, adding that another Sh.1.2 billion was being disbursed yearly for infrastructure development across the county.

“I want to urge the MPs to avail more funds for infrastructure development so that Busia can have its fair share,” he said.

The  Matayos MP, Geoffrey  Odanga  requested Education Ministry to provide funds for development of school infrastructure in all Sub Counties.

Odanga  pointed out that some schools with school buses were finding it difficult to manage them.

“At  one time, the Ministry was providing funds for insurance cover for school buses but that was withdrawn and currently, schools have to meet both insurance cover and maintenance costs,” he said.

He  requested the government through the Education Ministry to set aside a vote head in the Schools’ capitation for maintenance of school buses.

“It  is becoming very difficult for them particularly if they have to levy extra charges on parents,” said the MP.

The law  maker at the same time, urged parents to support the schools willingly by providing financial support.

By  Salome  Alwanda

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