7 November 2018

Kenya: TSC Starts Disciplinary Action Against Errant Teachers After Exam Cheating Attempt

Nairobi — The Teachers Service Commission has commenced disciplinary action against errant teachers of a Kisii school, after an attempt to cheat in the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Nancy Macharia said seven teachers and a school principal are already facing action.

Although she did not elaborate, Capital FM News reliably established that a Chemistry paper had been sneaked out of the examination room but was quickly confiscated when the attempt to compromise the exam occurred at Monianku Secondary School.

Sixteen teachers and security officials involved in an attempt to compromise the examinations at Monianku Secondary School in Nyamira were arrested and charged on Tuesday.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Wednesday said she believes her ministry has carried out a "very credible exercise" since the KCSE exams began.

Speaking in Athi River on Wednesday morning, she said her ministry has tested the systems, regulations and procedures it has put in place and they are working.

"'We are very satisfied with that," said Mohamed.

She also said that students she spoke were very pleased with the level playing field created by the government.

"They are now assured and are receiving exam papers at the same time and are sitting the same exam and nobody has any undue advantage," she explained. "There is total satisfaction. I haven't heard of any single complaint from our candidates."

She acknowledged that there had been a few mishaps but everything put in place seemed to be working because they had been able to arrest situations on time.

"We have dealt with them very expeditiously and the message is clear, the signal sent out is completely clear.

Nobody is going to tolerate any malpractice and we are going to get you if you try", the CS warned.

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