25 Students to Re-sit KCSE Next Month.
Following a successful appeal, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) will allow 25 students from Dibuoro Secondary School to retake the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in 2021.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, April 5, Siaya County Assistant Director of Education Nelson Sifuna stated that KNEC allowed the candidates to retake the national exam after they petitioned the government to challenge the cancellation of their exam results due to suspected malpractice.
The 25 students will now take the exam in 30 days after KNEC determined that their appeal raised relevant arguments.
“KNEC allowed them to re-sit the exam to enable them get their results, bearing in mind what happened during the exams,” Sifuna stated.
KNEC, on the other hand, has yet to decide where students will take the test and when the subjects will be completed. Both parents and students applauded KNEC’s gesture, thanking the body for its leniency.
The 25 candidates were among 42 students from the school who were detained on March 19 during the administration of the Chemistry practical exam by a multi-agency team acting on a tip.
Four mobile phones were confiscated from the candidates by police officers. A deeper investigation revealed that the students were members of a WhatsApp Group where the exam papers were shared.
Among the papers discovered to have been shared with the candidates were the Chemistry Paper 3 that they took on the day of the raid, as well as a copy of the Kiswahili test that they took the day before. As a result, KNEC collaborated with the investigating agencies to identify the perpetrator of the breach.
Notably, Dibuoro School was not the only school in the region that did not receive its results. Over 400 candidates from Homa Bay County’s Oriwo High School have yet to learn whether they have qualified for university education.
On April 27, KNEC CEO David Njeng’ere allayed students’ fears by announcing that they would learn their fate in May 2022, following the conclusion of investigations into their alleged involvement in exam malpractices.
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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, who is adamant about the seriousness of the fight against exam cheating, declared that 441 students whose exams had been cancelled would not be spared.
“There were 441 cases reported in the 2021 KCSE Examination and one case of a centre with all the results withheld. KNEC will not have any mercy on examination offenders who must be dealt with decisively,” Magoha affirmed.