Over 5,000 students who sat for Kenya Certificate Secondary Education national examination will not get their exams results over examination irregularities.
There was a 70% rise in exam cheating compared to the previous year where 2,975 cases were reported. The irregularities were reported in 305 centres countrywide.
All the 46 Counties were involved in exam irregularities except Isiolo County. The highest numbers of exam irregularities were recorded in Nairobi, Makueni and Meru Counties.
While releasing the results, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the entire results in the affected examination centres will not be cancelled in revised rules which will see the individual candidates bear the impact.
“A secretariat will be set up at the Education Ministry to guide candidates whose results have been cancelled,” said Matiang’i.
The secretariat will be open from 8 am to 5 pm every day and the team will explain to the candidates how their results were cancelled.
Candidates can send their index numbers to 22252 to receive their results through text messages via mobile numbers.
The Education CS added that the education sector will use all appropriate techniques to help curb exam irregularities including embracing ICT.
However the Teachers unions expressed their dissatisfaction with the move to cancel exam results, laying the blame on Kenya National Examinations Council and the Education Ministry for failure to curb leakages.
Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that it is unfair to cancel candidate’s results citing that it is the responsibility of the Examination Council to ensure that exams are not leaked out.