Education CS Amina Mohamed has urged political leaders and teachers’ unions to sensitize their regions against examination cheating and to fully support the state’s exercise to weed out the vice, “The future of our children depends on it and the nation as a whole depends on it and the future of our country needs it,” she said. Addressing the press on the state of preparedness ahead of the national exams, accompanied by other officials including Education PS Belio Kipsang and KNEC Chairman George Magoha, she said anyone found culpable in exam cheating will be apprehended and charged.
She said parents must desist from visiting boarding schools this term, and the parents whose children will be found with mobile phones will be held responsible while the children will be suspended from school, adding that only the centre manages will be allowed to operate phones. CS Amina said the Kenya National Parents Association will work with boards of management during the final countrywide sensitization process to discourage school visits and the use of mobile phones in schools.
The Education CS noted that some parents and teachers have collected money to fund exam cheating, “The Kenya National Parents Association and the boards of management will liaise with security teams to rein in on parents and schools that collected money under the guise to facilitate cheating,” she said. Furthermore, she added that the Education Ministry has completed an audit of all candidates recently displaced in Nairobi, Narok and Nakuru Counties, “We have placed all candidates in accessible neighbouring schools from where they will sit their exams.” She said they’ll ensure every candidate scores the grades they deserve.