schools that have so far been impacted by exam misconduct.
Because of claims that they committed exam fraud during the current Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, more than twenty people are being held by the police. Five educators from Kuria Migori County have been arrested, and the principal of Nyambaria Boys School has been placed under investigation due to allegations of exam cheating.
The exceptional success of Nyambaria Boys School in the 2022 KCSE results attracted a lot of attention. Even the lowest-scoring student in the class received a B that year, while 383 students received an A-minus. Nonetheless, after the principal of the school was suspended due to suspected exam malpractice, the conversation regarding the school’s performance became more intense.
Belio Kipsang, Principal Secretary for Basic Education, addressed the matter emphasizing the importance of upholding integrity in the administration of national exams. Speaking on Monday at the Westland Sub-County containers where exam materials were being distributed, Kipsang expressed concern about the high investments made to protect exam integrity, emphasizing the need to build trust among the Kenyan people.
“The trust deficit is killing all of us. As a country, we should not continue this way,” stated the PS, highlighting the importance of self-policing and the early hours spent on exam-related activities.
In a separate incident, 29 mobile phones were confiscated at a school in Dadaab, with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) team in Garissa investigating exam irregularities. The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations commenced nationwide, with reports of invigilators failing to properly frisk candidates. Notably, seven candidates in Baringo sat for the KCSE exams after recently delivering babies. Senior government officials are actively supervising the start of the exams across the country.