Efforts to Combat Cheating in Kenyan National Exams

efforts to combat cheating in kenyan national exams
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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) will participate in an ethics and integrity sensitization forum in preparation for this year’s national examinations. The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is organizing this forum, with attendance expected from 2023 Examination Monitors and Ministry of Education officials, including Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and his principal secretaries. KNEC Council members and senior management are also set to be present.

The event will take place at the KNEC headquarters located along Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi County.

The primary goal of this sensitization, according to EACC, is to address any systemic weaknesses and vulnerabilities that may affect the credibility of national examinations.

This initiative by EACC follows the recent release of a report by the National Assembly Committee on Education, which confirmed incidents of malpractice in the previous year’s examinations. The committee’s findings revealed that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had dealt with a total of 68 cases of exam malpractice. Among these, 44 cases were under investigation, 17 cases were before the court, and 6 cases had already been prosecuted.

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The parliamentary committee began its inquiry in January 2023, shortly after the release of the 2022 national examination results. These actions were taken in response to public concerns about widespread cheating.

EACC’s involvement in these activities occurs just one week before the commencement of the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations (KCSE). KCSE exams are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 23, with rehearsals taking place on Thursday, October 19. The candidates will complete the last paper on Friday, November 24.

Additionally, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) exams are set to commence on Monday, October 30, and will conclude on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

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