Senate Moves to Investigate KCSE Exam Cheating

  • A photo collage of Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and Senate Education Committee Chair Joe Nyutu.
    A photo collage of Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and Senate Education Committee Chair Joe Nyutu.
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  • Murang’a Senator and Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education Joe Nyutu on Tuesday, January 24, announced plans to investigate the integrity of the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE).

    According to Nyutu, the Senate will summon senior officials in the Ministry of Education as the house seeks to unearth the truth regarding the credibility and process of administration of the exam. 

    He noted that his committee was concerned with the questions raised regarding the KCSE results announced by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Friday, November 20.

    KNEC CEO David Njegere during the announcement of the 2022 kcpe Examas at MtihaninHouse on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
    KNEC CEO David Njengere during the announcement of the 2022 KCPE Exam at Mtihani House on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
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    "The Senate will summon officials of the ministry of education so as to get to the bottom of this issue and will table a report on the same.

    "We are investigating whether there was leakage. We have seen queries by Kenyans on social media but we urge them to be patient. We want to ascertain the truth," he stated.

    In addition, Nyutu noted that the 16-member committee will be looking into the reported cases of some "abnormal curves" where schools registered a galloping rise in the mean standard scores. 

    The Senator, who is a former teacher, urged Kenyans to be patient and allow his team to institute the process of establishing whether or not there was a leakage as claimed by a section of the people.

    His announcement came days after Kenyans voiced their doubts about the results registered by some schools in the 2022 KCSE.

    According to the results announced by Education CS, there was a total of 1,146 grades A in 2022, which was an increase from the 1,138 A's registered in 2021. 

    The 2022 exam also saw some former big names in the history of the KCSE bounce back to upstage prominent schools in the country.

    Both the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examination Council were, however, adamant that there were no cases of leakage in the assessment. 

    Education CS Ezekiel Machogu during the release of 2022 KCSE results on January 20, 2023.
    Education CS Ezekiel Machogu during the release of 2022 KCSE results on January 20, 2023.
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