There was massive cheating in 2022 KCSE – Parliament Education Committee probe finds

Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has been blamed for the massive cheating in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, according to the National Assembly Committee on Education.

The committee’s preliminary findings revealed that KNEC itself was allegedly selling its own exams.

Speaking after a public hearing session at the Coast National Polytechnic Hall in Mombasa on Thursday, the committee chairperson, Julius Melly, said that their engagements with the public, stakeholders, experts, parents, teachers, examiners, and Kenyans, in general, had revealed malpractices in the KCSE examinations of 2022. 

“The cheating in most of the exams originated from the council itself. It is alleged that the Kenya National Examination Council is selling its own exams,” said the Committee Chairperson Julius Melly.

Despite Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu’s claims that there was no cheating in January, their preliminary findings showed otherwise.

The committee has visited eight counties so far and found that KNEC is responsible for the majority of the cheating in the national examinations.

The blame for the cheating in most of the exams originated from the council itself, said Melly. 

The Kenya Union of Post Primary School Teachers (KUPPET) Machakos branch on Wednesday submitted an explosive report claiming that both the Ministry of Education and KNEC failed to deliver a credible examination.

KUPPET Executive Secretary Machakos, Musembi Katuku, said, “It appears that KNEC has not been able to manage examinations effectively in this country and has left their work to the Ministry of Education and Teachers Service Commission (TSC).” 

The KUPPET report also showed that several schools had an abnormal improvement curve in their KCSE results.

For instance, Rigoko Secondary School had a mean score of 5.728 in 2021, but it jumped to 9.0 in 2022, and all students in the school transitioned to university.

The Teachers Union report also indicated that exam papers leaked even before they got to the examination containers, and examination materials were circulating online. 

The committee is probing the extent of cheating in the national exams, with an aim of finding solutions to end the porous nature of testing. The report by the committee is expected to be tabled in parliament in two months. 

According to the chair of the committee, at the moment, they have not considered recalling the certificates but are mulling over the amendments to the Kenya National Examinations Act that will tighten the noose on cheating.

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