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Schools Exposed For Registering Ghost Candidates In KCPE, KCSE Exams

Schools Exposed For Registering Ghost Candidates In KCPE, KCSE Exams

Ministry of Education has exposed schools that are registering ghost Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates.

During a meeting with directors and managers of private schools on Friday, October 22, Nairobi County Regional Director of Education, Jared Obiero, stated that private institutions make up the majority of schools involved in the syndicate.

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After the Ministry ordered institutions with fewer than 30 candidates to merge and form examination centres, the schools were accused of registering ghost candidates.

Mercy Karogo, CEO of the Kenya National Examination Centre, has directed affected institutions to register students in neighbouring schools.

These schools, the majority of which are located in Kamukunji and Eastleigh, are at the forefront of registering phantom candidates in order to circumvent the government’s directive on the number of candidates required.

“You have registered fake students in your portal. If you are 15, you deliberately added another 15 who are not going to do exams because you wanted to maintain your examination centre,” noted Karogo. 

Obiero directed Sub County Directors of Education to conduct an immediate investigation into the matter and file a report with the Ministry as soon as possible.

These officers will perform fiscal and physical audits of the schools’ nominal rolls, as well as inspect the registration information provided by the schools.

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“We are defrauding the government and causing unnecessary wastage in our economy.”

“This is already an examination irregularity. If we find you culpable, we will write to KNEC to take action,” Obiero warned. 

Kenya Private Schools Association, on the other hand, denied the allegations, claiming they were unfounded.

Earlier this year, the CS revealed that some university students and teachers had been hired to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams on behalf of weak students.

Magoha stated that police officers would be stationed at each examination center, and that many others would be conducting patrols to arrest anyone found assisting candidates in cheating.

“This is my last warning, if you intend to be bold enough to do this, you will be arrested and thrown into prison,” he asserted.

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