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Machogu’s Task Ahead As Authorities Tighten Noose For Exam Cheats

Machogu’s Task Ahead As Authorities Tighten Noose For Exam Cheats

Before this month’s national exams, authorities have tightened the noose around cheaters.

The Kenya National Examinations Council will conduct three national exams for the first time, with Grade 6 students and KCPE and KCSE applicants writing their respective tests.

As is typically the case, those pretending to have exam leaks have begun deceiving unprepared students into believing they can provide them with exam leaks.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu settles into his new position. He will be the first CS to oversee three nationwide tests.

In November, more than 1.5 million students in the pioneer cohort will take the Grade 6 examinations.

Simultaneously, KNEC will administer the KCPE and KCSE examinations.

At Jogoo House, Machogu, who the vetting committee unanimously authorized, will discover evidence of exam cheating.

“This would mark my first assignment. There shall be no cases of exam cheating. Surveillance must be intense to curb this vice and I must start having discussions with teachers,” he said.

However, officials are vigilant and have nabbed three university students who extorted parents under the pretense that they could provide exam leaks for their children.

The three were accused in a Nairobi magistrate’s court on Monday of conspiring to mislead the public into believing that the 2022 national examinations had been leaked.

The offence was perpetrated through Telegram, a social networking application.

The three were charged with a second count of disseminating false information via Telegram regarding exam leaks for 2022.

They were each granted bail in the amount of Sh500,000 with an alternative bond of Sh1,000,000 with two contact persons.

On November 14, Milimani chief magistrate Wendy Micheni presided over a pre-trial session.

In their third and fourth years at Egerton University, the students were apprehended by DCI investigators who claimed they had already amassed more than Sh4 million.

The funds were previously split evenly between two accounts.

The Knec has warned Kenyans that scammers are trying to get them to buy exam ‘leaks’.

David Njengere, the agency’s chief executive officer, stated that the organization was vigilant and would not enable criminals to deceive parents and distract exam applicants who are studying.

Investigations revealed that the guilty students had multiple mobile phone lines and demanded between Sh5,000 and Sh35,000 for each paper, he added.

“It was found that they had opened more than 10 platforms for extortion,” an investigator said.

This year’s examinations will have the biggest number of candidates, with over 1,2 million Grade 6 students appearing for their last exam in elementary school on November 28, 29, and 30.

The rehearsals will take place on November 27. The same schedule applies to the KCPE examination, which about 1.23 million pupils will also take.

Approximately 880,000 KCSE exam applicants will begin writing their examinations on December 2 and continue through December 23.

The Teachers’ Service Commission is anticipated to deploy 250,000 exam proctors.

On the first day, mathematics and English will be covered, followed on the second day by Integrated Science (Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical and Health Education) and Kiswahili.

On the third and final day of the Creative Art and Social Studies topic, candidates will be examined on Art and Craft, Music, and Religious Education.

In contrast to the KCPE exams, in which candidates are graded on a scale of 100 percent, the KPSEA will only account for 40 percent of the final score.

The remaining 60% will be derived through classroom-based continuous assessment examinations administered in Grades 4, 5, and 6.

As with the KCPE, answer sheets for the KPSEA will be personalized, with each candidate’s name and assessment number printed on the answer sheet for each subject.

Each question will include multiple-choice answers on the score sheet, and applicants are expected to select only one accurate response.

“Supervisors and Invigilators should ensure that candidates are issued with personalized mark sheets that bear their correct names and assessment numbers,” Knec CEO David Njeng’ere said.

The morning sessions will begin at 8.30 am, and applicants are expected to be seated 15 minutes beforehand. Supervisors must receive a satisfactory explanation from tardy employees.

The CEO stated, “Only under extreme circumstances will a candidate who is more than a half-hour late receive a document.”

The former Nyaribari Masaba congressman stated that he plans to spearhead a new policy shift regarding the rapid replacement of misplaced academic credentials.

Machogu stated that restoring a lost KCSE certificate should not be as time-consuming as it is today, but instead should take no longer than one week.

“If we can replace a lost title deed within one week, I don’t see why KNEC cannot replace a certificate in one day,” he said.

Machogu succeeded George Magoha, who had been in office since 2018.

Machogu’s Task Ahead As Authorities Tighten Noose For Exam Cheats

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