Nine secondary school principals have been suspended amidst allegations of participating in malpractice during the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination. The Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, confirmed that the individuals under investigation are suspected of being involved in various forms of exam irregularities.
CS Machogu highlighted that this year’s KCSE examination witnessed a noticeable rise in cases of malpractice, with specific instances including the presence of unauthorized foreign materials found in examination halls, instances of candidate impersonation, and collusion between invigilators and students. These allegations have raised serious concerns about the integrity of the examination process.
However, it is important to note that CS Machogu maintains that despite these unfortunate incidents, the overall security and fairness of the examination were not compromised. Efforts are being made by the relevant authorities to ensure that the necessary actions are taken against those found guilty of malpractice.
The identities of the suspended principals have not been disclosed, as investigations are still ongoing. The Ministry of Education has assured the public that any individuals found to have engaged in exam malpractice will face appropriate disciplinary measures.
As the investigation progresses, stakeholders within the education sector and the general public anxiously await the outcome. The importance of maintaining the credibility and integrity of Kenya’s national examinations cannot be overemphasized, as it directly impacts students’ prospects and the overall education system.
The Ministry is committed to ensuring a transparent and credible examination process, and has urged all stakeholders, including school administrators and examination officials, to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. The focus remains on preserving the integrity of Kenya’s education system, as it plays a vital role in shaping the future of the nation’s youth.