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KNEC still holding KCSE results for 168 candidates

20 March 2013, 16:05 Alloys Musyoka

Kenya National Examination Council is still holding KCSE results for 168 candidates of Malindi High School in Kilifi county due to what is seen as allegations of examination irregularities.

Few days after Minister for Education Mutula Kilonzo officially announced KCSE results nationally last year, the students still don't know their fate regarding their results.

Last year, detectives got information that the school was preparing to cheat in the national examination and started investigations which led to suspension of one of the B.O.G teacher claimed to have been involved in the deal.

Police are said to have recovered KES 168 000 from the school which had been contributed by the candidates to facilitate purchase of KCSE exam answers.

By Tuesday this week. all Malindi high school candidates had not received their results and they don't know if they will at last get them since investigations are still going on.

Malindi high school is the only school at the Coast region where 2012 KCSE results are still pending.

Spot check by the media established that by Tuesday, several officials from KNEC were in Malindi education offices grilling some of the candidates on the issue.

The KNEC officials findings will determine if the 168 candidates will get their results or have them cancelled by the examination body.

Currently, parents and candidates are waiting to hear the final decision by the exam body's officials.

Malindi district education officer Mary Kamurua confirmed that the candidates had not received their results adding that officials from Nairobi KNEC office were in the area carrying out investigations into the matter.

She said some form four leavers were being questioned by the officials urging parents to remain calm until their verdict is known.

"The KNEC officials are carrying out investigations in regard to how the exams were carried out from the time of registration to the day of the final paper," she added.

Kamurua said the new examination rules of 2012 gives the exam body mandate to hold results of any school which they feel did not conduct exams fairly until their investigations are complete.

'The law now is very clear so it's better for parents and candidates to beware and make sure they are not involved in exam irregularities," she noted.

Kamurua also cautioned students to avoid cheating to avoid missing their results since the law on cheating in exams is very strict.

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