Gachagua Warns Teachers Against Peddling Exam Leakages
Saturday, November 12th, Vice President Rigathi Gachagua passionately urged dishonest teachers to pursue other economic options.
Gachagua urged teachers to be content with their incomes or to pursue chances in farming and trade while issuing a stern warning to those who may seek to profit from the leakage of national exam questions.
“On forthcoming National Examinations for our candidates, we want an equal playground for every child to score what they deserve,” Gachagua warned.
The vice president informed the public that the government had taken steps to prevent exam cheating.
“We urge vigilance and responsibility. Culprits of examination leakage if any occurs, shall be dealt with decisively,” Gachagua added.
The vice president was speaking to Teachers Service Commission officials (TSC).
He also promised to reward teachers who exhibit discipline and dedication to their profession.
Gachagua bemoaned that predatory school teachers had sexually abused many youngsters.
“Our girls and boys are adversely affected by the triple threats; teen pregnancy, new HIV/AIDS Infections & gender-based violence.
“This is closely followed by early and child marriages,” Gachagua lamented.
He highlighted that several teachers had lately been arrested and charged and that, in some instances, investigations were being conducted to identify rogue educators.
Gachagua also indicated that male teachers convicted of impregnating underage females would be required to care for the children.
“Our boys and girls deserve better. We must let them realise their full potential. Let our boys and girls remain in school. There is no motherhood in childhood,” he reaffirmed.
According to the DP, several youngsters in remote areas were compelled to drop out of school.
“We want our children to see these key stages in their lives not just as an end to their individual journeys but as a pointer to the beginning of the future that their talents, skills and strengths will lead them to,” he noted.
On Saturday, top Education officials are meeting in Nairobi to finalize preparations for three key national examinations that are set to begin in two weeks (Friday).
Beginning November 28, 2022, the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) will administer an unprecedented three national examinations for students in Grade 6, Standard 8, and Form 4.
The examinations are the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for the first time, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), and the Kenya Secondary Certificate of Education (KCSE).
In addition, the biggest number of candidates will take the examinations, which will exceed 3.5 million.
This morning, Education cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu met Education authorities from around the nation regarding the administration of national exams. This occurs prior to the official launch of the test period in the afternoon, which will be presided over by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua at Mitihani House in South B, Nairobi.
In addition, padlocks will be distributed to the containers used to safeguard exam materials on the ground. Other cabinet secretaries including Kithure Kindiki (Interior) and Eliud Owalo are expected to attend the launch (ICT).
David Njeng’ere, chief executive officer of Knec, will provide the official number of registered candidates, while the chief executive officer of the Teachers Service Commission will announce information on the teachers who will participate in the activity.
Mr. Machogu admonished the Education officials to remain cautious in order to prevent examination irregularities during the morning briefing.
Candidates for the KPSEA will have a rehearsal on Friday, November 25 and take their examinations from Monday, November 28 to Wednesday, November 30. The evaluation will occur concurrently with the KCPE examinations.
This is the second-to-last KCPE exam, as the final 8-4-4 cohort will finish primary school next year.
The KCSE examinations will begin on December 2 and continue through December 23.
In March of 2021, 1.2 million candidates sat for the KCPE and 826,807 candidates sat for the KCSE. The overall number of candidates is expected to increase from those numbers.