Machogu Warns Principals Against Mediocrity in Stemming Cheating Cases
On Thursday, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu stated that there would be no middle ground in enforcing laws meant to protect the integrity of national examinations.
“Let’s all who are here today agree that me and mediocrity are never friends ,we must all up the game,” he told a gathering of school principals at Kisii school.
The CS landed in Kisii following similar visits to the counties of Siaya and Kisumu. On Friday, he will travel to Migori and Homabay.
In Kisii, the CS cautioned against laziness and mediocrity in the broader fight against cheating.
He stated that there would be no sacred cows and that any center manager violating regulations would be penalized immediately.
He stated that cheating was frequently the result of most principals’ cutting corners.
“What brings us together is honest and hard work and there must serious efforts from each one of us to do it right,” he said.
He stated that the country’s education system would accommodate all students regardless of grade level, eliminating the necessity for the selfish and false pursuit of good grades.
Dr. David Nyegere, chief executive of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, accompanied the Education CS.
The aggregate number of candidates in the Nyanza region is approximately 557,820, while Kisii has registered over 113,000 candidates. Nyamira has 53000 candidates.
As part of his preparations for impending examinations, Machogu is on a whirlwind of travels across the country.
He stated that the distribution of examination materials to various Counties has already occurred.
Regarding invigilation, Machogu instructed Centre administrators to be watchful against any misconduct.
Separately, he urged technical institutions to be more thoughtful about skill training if they are to help bridge the labor market’s skills gap.
According to some anecdotal data, most universities have invested more in theory courses than in technical training.
Machogu stated that DP Rigathi Gachagua and the president would sometimes preside over the distribution of exam materials in Nairobi.
Dr. David Njeng’ere, chief executive officer of the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec), defended the usage of examinations by stating that they are still the most reliable technique to determine whether or not students have mastered the information in the syllabus.
Additionally, he requested strict exam supervision.
“Let’s strictly enforce the rules,” he stated.
Nyegere reassured school administrators that there is no exam leakage, as has been reported on social media.
Instead, he requested that professors assist students in revising and studying in preparation for the exam.