9 August 2012

Kenya: Nyanza Teacher Implicated in KCSE Leakage Scandal

A plan to buy KCSE answers by a teacher in one of the newly elevated national schools in Nyanza province has flopped.

Irate parents of form four students at Saint Mary's School Yala are up in arms with the school's management after it emerged that a teacher was soliciting Sh2,000 from the candidates to purchase examination leakages. The teacher, who was not named, asked the parents to send the money to his M-Pesa account. "I have two candidates who are yet to sit for KCSE and was surprised when the teacher asked for the money to bribe KNEC for the leakage," complained one of the parents, who requested anonymity.

Another parent said his son pressured him since he was afraid he might not be allowed to go through the answer sheet. Last week on Thursday the angry students, who realised their teacher had duped them, threatened to go on strike. The teacher had apparently promised them that the answer sheet will arrive by September. Police had to Keep vigil at the school to avert the strike scheduled for 10pm. Principal John Awiti admitted he received similar complaints and added that investigations are ongoing.

Awiti said he summoned the teacher in question when he received the complaints but the teacher gave a different version of the story. "At the moment let us treat this as a mere rumor until the investigations are complete," he said. Awiti added that he has called for a meeting with the parents in the course of the week. District Education Officer Emily Esiye said her office is investigating the incident.

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