KNEC asked to take blame for exam malpractice

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Ferdnand Mp Kwanza constituency addressing journalists

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has been urged to hold itself accountable over examination malpractice that affected 5,101 students all over the country.

Addressing his constituents, Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi said it is the duty of KNEC to safeguard examination papers and make sure exams are disbursed to schools safely terming the manner into which examination papers were handled and how they leaked to students alarming and unprofessional.

He said that there was a public outcry over allegations of students being in possession of leaked examination even before the kick off of examinations, and when the issue was raised, the examination body defended itself against the allegations.

NCCK exam malpractice
Ferdnand Mp Kwanza constituency addressing journalists

The legislator called upon the public to petition the examination council to tell the truth on what happened instead of blaming teachers and students who it alleges were involved in the vice.

He said he was planning to take the issue in parliament to compel KNEC to tell the public why the examination leaked.

He however called upon the students, teachers and parents from his constituency to desist from pressure of examination stealing but rather embark on hard work that will help them yield better fruits.

His sentiments were echoed by Tartar Girls National School principal Priscilla Kamau who said KNEC should be blamed for the woes affecting most schools whose results were cancelled.

She said students were affected innocently as KNEC has allegations that stealing took place in secondary schools was a lie saying the exam body is the custodian of examination and should tell Kenyans how the papers leaked to students.

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Mrs. Priscilla Kamau principal Tarar High school in West Pokot

“KNEC should seal all the loopholes that is being used by most of its staff who collude with other education stake holders to leak examination to the public”, said Mrs. Kamau.

She said schools from the North Rift region were also affected by the cancellation of some results..

St Anthony’s Boys High school results for several students were withheld by KNEC for involving in examination cheating a decision that has spurred accusation and counter accusations from several politicians and teachers.

They are citing unprofessional in the manner that KNEC handled the examination papers that ended up leaking to students before the exams were done.