TSC Issues Stern Warning To Teachers Over KCSE, KCPE Exams.
Nancy Macharia, CEO of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), has issued a stern warning to teachers against assisting students in cheating in upcoming national examinations.
The TSC boss stated that as schools resume for the third term, teachers must ensure that students are adequately prepared for the national tests.
She recalled that in previous exams, a number of teachers were caught in exam irregularities, which resulted in harsh punishments.
“As we prepare to enter the third term, in a year when we shall have two KCPE and two KCSE examinations, let us also prepare to do our best,” Macharia stated.
She also challenged principals to find solutions to exam phobia, which she identified as one of the causes of recent school unrest that resulted in the burning of over 30 school dormitories.
“Public primary schools are free and therefore no children should be sent home. For secondary schools, 75 per cent of the ones we have are day schools and only 25 per cent are boarding schools and therefore no Kenyan child should be out of school,” he stated.
The education ministry reported 12 malpractice cases during the 2020 KCPE examinations. President Uhuru Kenyatta, however, pardoned the cases and directed the ministry to allow the students to be admitted to secondary schools.
This was not the case in the KCSE 2020 exams, as 287 students did not receive their results due to irregularities.
While announcing the KCSE 2020 results, Education CS added that the institutions where the students were caught cheating were fortunate because the ministry could have cancelled the entire school’s results.
In order to make up for the time lost when schools were closed for nine months in 2020 due to the pandemic, five national examinations will be held in 2022 for students in Grade Six, Standard Eight, and Form Four.
Candidates in Standard 8 and Form 4 will take their exams in March and April, respectively, while those in Standard 7 and Form 3 will begin their final classes in late April and take their KCPE and KCSE exams in November and December, respectively.
In his New Year Message, President Uhuru Kenyatta encouraged students to be optimistic about the upcoming academic year, noting that it would lay the groundwork for their future.
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“To our learners, we appreciate that, just like in the year 2021, the the2022 academic calendar will similarly be long and challenging. However, let 2022 be a year of destiny, of dreams becoming reality, and for laying the foundation stones for a glorious future.”
“In that regard, I take this early opportunity to wish all our examination candidates all the best in this year’s examinations,” the President stated.