, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says the government will deregister private schools found to have attempted to engage in examination malpractices.
In a statement, the Cabinet Secretary said any individual or institution that attempts to interfere with the credibility of the ongoing national examinations will not be tolerated.
He further stressed that the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission will take disciplinary action against centre managers or officials involved in such misconduct.
The Cabinet Secretary made the remarks at Aga Khan High School where he witnessed the opening of the Mathematics Paper 2 on Monday morning.
Matiangi said strict management of examinations had guarded against leakage saying however that the attempts to open the examinations scripts earlier had been nipped in the bud and action taken against the offenders.
He said students found to engage in examination malpractice risked being excluded from the examinations altogether instead of waiting to disqualify them during release of the results after marking.
He asked candidates to take individual responsibility while sitting for the entire examinations.
He stated that all those involved in managing the examinations were committed to doing a good job and doing it honestly.
He said the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) had given moral and logistical support to the government to ensure the credibility and integrity of the examinations.
He explained that other government agencies had helped deal with challenges heavy rains occasioned. He said security agencies had airlifted examination papers to Northern Kenya where heavy rains cut off schools.
He had earlier conducted an inspection tour of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School in Shauri Moyo Estate in Nairobi.
Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr Belio Kipsang witnessed the opening of the examination papers at Senior Chief Koinange in Kikuyu sub-county, while the Chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) George Magoha while the Chief Executive Officer, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Nancy Macharia was in Gilgil for a similar exercise.