KNEC Facilitated Exam Cheating in KCSE 2022 - MPs Report

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announcing the Form One Placements at KICD on January 16, 2023..jpg
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announcing the Form One Placement at KICD on January 16, 2023.

National Assembly's Committee on Education on Thursday, March 22, revealed that investigations established that some officials within the Kenya National Examination Council facilitated exam cheating during the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). 

Speaking in a hearing session in Mombasa, Julius Melly - the committee's chairperson, revealed that findings showed that officials in the KNEC shared copies of the examination papers in exchange for money. 

Further, the Committee raised concerns over the sudden shift in the performance of some of the schools that registered high grades and overall mean scores in the 2022 exams.

An Image of the KNEC Headquarters at Mitihani House on Dennis Pritt Road, Nairobi.
KNEC Headquarters at Mitihani House along Dennis Pritt Road, Nairobi.

According to the members, an analysis of the past performances registered in the schools under scrutiny showed massive deviation, hence, raising the question of the impact made within the short period. 

"There was cheating in the exam of 2022. And the members of the public have put it very clear that most of the cheating originated from the council itself," Melly stated. 

On their part, teachers who made submissions before the committee divulged some people placed within the examination body engaged in selling examination papers, a business they described as highly lucrative. 

Further, the teachers called for stern prohibitive measures, including establishing an independent body to provide oversight on KNEC in its mandate of administering national examinations. 

“It is a system that is corrupt. I am told this has happened and then I look the other side. If we leave this unpunished the cartels will be bolder," a representative told the committee. 

Members of the committee announced that investigations into the conduct of the 2022 KCSE will be completed in two months. Subsequently, the Committee will compile a report recommending action against the culprits.

The committee will, in the meantime, continue traversing the nation for the public hearing sessions.  However, the MPs ruled out the possibility of cancellation of results for the candidates who sat the 2022 KCSE. 

In January, Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, dismissed reports insinuating that the exam was marred with rampant cheating despite public outcry over some of the results posted in some schools.

A host of schools, specifically in the Nyanza region, sparked a nationwide debate after registering a sudden rise to the list of top performers and eclipsing some of the recently known big names. 

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu appearing before Senate Education Committee on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu appears before Senate Education Committee on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
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