Govt Exposes Schools With Ghost KCPE, KCSE Candidates

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    Education CS George Magoha speaks at a KICD conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • The Ministry of Education under Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has exposed schools registering ghost Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates. 

    Speaking during a meeting with private schools directors and managers on Friday, October 22, Nairobi County Regional Director of Education, Jared Obiero, stated that private institutions comprise the majority of schools roped into the syndicate. 

    The schools were accused of registering ghost candidates after the Ministry ordered institutions with less than 30 candidates to merge and form examination centres. 

    An undated photo of KCSE students sitting the national exam

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

    “These schools, most of which are in Kamukunji and Eastleigh, are leading in registering ghost candidates 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 immediately begin investigations on the matter and file a report with the Ministry within the shortest time possible. 

    These officers will conduct fiscal and physical audits of the schools’ nominal rolls, and also inspect the registration details provided by the schools. 

    “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, however, refuted the allegations, saying that they were unfounded. 

    KCPE students sitting national exams in 2019