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Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 21:01 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Is the pandemic of national examination leakage changing the way the government communicates with the public on matters exams? This seemed to be the case today when three cabinet secretaries, Fred Matiangi (Education), Joe Mucheru (ICT) and Joseph Nkaissery (Interior) released a joint statement informing the public on changes to KCPE and KCSE administration.
The ten-point statement contained some modifications on guidelines that have been in operation for years that the government believes will close all loopholes enabling the cheating in examinations. The changes include banning the entry into examination venues with mathematical sets, even though instruments will be allowed. These will be carried openly. Others refer to the ban on mobile phones which has been in place for over a decade.
Below is the full statement
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
Nanyuki, October 28, 2016 For Immediate Release
MULTI-SECTORAL APPROACH TO THE 2016 KCPE AND KCSE EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTRATION
As you may be aware, practical examinations for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations started on Monday this week countrywide. We are happy to report that the exercise has, so far, ran smoothly. On November 1st 2016, candidates will start sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and thereafter the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) theory papers.
Ahead of the start of this fundamental exercise in the education calendar of our children, we wish to announce today that the Government is committed to ensure that the examination process, from the registration of candidates to the issuance of certificates, is conducted in the best environment possible. We are determined to stamp out cases of irregularities associated with the poor management of our national examinations in the past so that the results obtained from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) are valid and credible.
As part of this process of restoring the credibility and integrity of our examining system, His Excellence the President instructed the ministries of Education, Interior and Coordination of National Government and Information Communications and Technology to institute joint measures to ensure proper administration of the examinations. Since some of these measures hinge on national security, we wish to highlight only those that we consider pertinent for the public to know. They include:
1. Following the re-organization of the school calendar, all schools are expected to close by Friday, October 28th 2016, to pave the way for the nationwide start of the examination season on Monday. All teachers except those involved in the administration of practical subjects and boarding facilities will be expected to remain out of schools during the examination season starting from November 1st to November 30th 2016.
2. The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has reviewed examination rules on the conduct of the national examinations to seal loopholes that have previously enabled candidates to cheat in examinations. Some of the changes include banning the use of clipboards and geometrical sets from examination rooms. Candidates will be required to carry their geometrical instruments and writing materials in a clear see-through porch/poly bag/plastic paper. Also banned is the use of mathematical tables and calculators during examination papers for which they are not required. Use of mobile phones within the precincts of the examination centers has been banned for all those involved in the exercise.
3. The role of Principals/Head teachers has been reviewed to make them Centre Managers in their examination schools hence ensure that they more accountable for the examination administration process. Head teachers and Principals of all the schools will pick the examination materials daily from the containers and return the scripts to the containers at the end of the examinations daily.
4. All necessary staff have been trained on matters related to physical security, personal security and document security in a bid to ensure that the level of security consciousness relating to examinations has been enhanced.
5. All supervisors and invigilators who will be involved in the 2016 examinations have been vetted to ensure that they are suitable to dispense their duties. It is expected that due to the creation of an examination season, teachers of high integrity will be released to supervise and invigilate the examinations.
6. All systems of storage and distribution of examination materials have been reviewed. These systems will employ intensive ICTs more than ever before.
7. Various circulars and letters have been sent out by KNEC to the field officers to guide on the administration of the 2016 examinations.
8. The time tables already distributed to all examination centers, and posted on the KNEC website, spell out the time when exams should start and end. We expect all supervisors and invigilators to stick to the timelines as stipulated.
9. A command and control centre, to ensure enhanced coordination of all the activities related to examinations administration, has been established. Further, a call centre has been established to receive and filter communication from clients. The public is encouraged to send in any feedback concerning the conduct of the examinations to the centre through telephone number 0800724900.
10. All national government officials in the counties have been directed to grant necessary support to the education officers to facilitate successful delivery of exams.
We wish to call on all stakeholders to support the Government’s efforts meant to restore the credibility of the country’s examination process.
More fundamentally, we thank all parents, Faith-Based organizations and other sector players for supporting our reforms in the education sector.
Joe Mucheru, MBS
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information Communications and Technology
Dr. Fred Matiangi, EGH
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education
Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery
Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government