Expect KCPE exam results in two weeks’ time, says Magoha
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results will be released in the next two weeks, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said yesterday.
Magoha said marking of the multiple-choice-based papers had been concluded while that of English Composition and Kiswahili Insha was underway.
“As far as KCPE is concerned, in the inside of the next two weeks, the results should be out and should there be any change for any particular reason, we will let you know.
We are on track,” Magoha said in Kisumu when he supervised the distribution of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination materials.
Last week, Magoha said initial results showed that the KCPE exam candidates had performed well. “If it interests you, the children are not doing very badly at all.”
The minister raised concern over circulation of fake exam papers through WhatsApp groups, reiterating that the government had put in place stringent measures to ensure the integrity of the exams.
Magoha said a multi-agency team is able to trace where and why exam papers are opened before scheduled time, saying any form leakage was stopped four years ago.
The CS said about 15 people had so far been arrested and charged in court while 15 phones had been confiscated in the suspected cases of exam malpractices.
“It is regrettable that there are various WhatsApp groups that are circulating papers which we have affirmed as fake.
We have ensured that any attack meant to interfere with the integrity of the exams is thwarted.”
The CS has warned parents, guardians and teachers not to be duped into either buying or using the question papers circulating online, saying the examination “has not been leaked, will not be leaked and only genuine revision can help candidates to pass the examinations”.
“The second paper is the one that is usually under attack but we have ensured that is thwarted and even if you are able to get a few crooks to sit for the paper, they are unable to get the paper back to the children in the examination room… the annoying thing is that it is taking quite a bit of our time,” he said.
By Thursday last week, eight candidates had been found with mobile phones in exam rooms and 15 cell phones confiscated from various examination centres.
A university student was also arrested in Busia for allegedly aiding in cheating, a situation the CS said, vindicated the multi-agency monitoring team’s earlier position that university students had been hired to aid in cheating in the exams.
Last week, four people were charged over early exposure of examination materials. They were arrested for conspiring to aid candidates to cheat in exams at a secondary school in Rongo sub-county.
The CS also directed invigilators and education officials to be extra vigilant in taming irregularities.
Magoha said the exams were proceeding well despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the same time, Magoha said an invigilator in Kitui County who sent away a pupil during the writing of the English Composition exam will face disciplinary action.
He stated that the candidate would be graded without the composition script.
“Candidates should be allowed to sit exams regardless of whether they have cleared school fees or not,” said the CS.
- Four people were last week arrested an arraigned for conspiring to aid candidates to cheat at a secondary school in Rongo.
- Eight candidates have been found with mobile phones in exam rooms and 15 cell phones confiscated from exam centres.
- Magoha has raised concern over circulation of fake examination papers onWhatsApp.
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