Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has said Nyanza region has been put on notice following reported planned examination irregularities in some schools.
Magoha noted that his office had had already moved with speed to commence investigations into the matter, and will soon make it public. According to the CS, some schools had been using parents to contribute money which is then used to compromise examination officials in order to allow cheating. He said according to the reports, the examination centre supervisors are set to get Sh120, 000, Sh60, 000 for invigilators and Sh40, 000 for security officers manning the examinations.
Magoha who supervised the opening of the exam container in Kisumu this morning declined to mention some of the affected schools, nor clarify on any action already taken against individuals involved, but instead sounded a warning to candidates to ignore what he termed ‘help from hell’. “I want to warn all my children that they should not be cheated by any adult, that in my opinion is not intelligent. I want to warn them that they should not get involved in what some people are planning to do, otherwise you will not get your results,” he said. He added: “I have been taken aback by these developments, because I thought we had moved away from this kind of nonsense. No child should say they were not warned.”
He said in some instances, the crooks were using some teachers to access the examination papers, and give answers which they then sneak to the candidates into the examination room. “In some areas they are using homes which are adjacent to the schools for this, and this is very shameful,” he said.
Magoha said the Ministry was up to task to ensure smooth running of the examination, including stationing helicopters to ferry examination to areas which may be affected by floods. As opposed to the adverse weather impacts witnessed during the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, Magoha said many places have seen the flooding eased, reducing the pressure on the use of helicopters, especially in Turkana and Kajiado where the flooding subsided. He however said that there were some helicopters stationed in Mandera, Wajir, Moyale, Tana River and Garissa.