MP wants Parliament to probe into reported KCSE leakage
21 October 2015, 15:29
Nairobi – Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi has sought Parliament’s intervention in probing the reported leakage of the ongoing KCSE examinations.
Wandayi, who accused the National Assembly’s Education committee of laxity in investigating the matter by summoning the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) officials, asked the House to move in promptly on grounds that the circulation of leaked examination papers is “real and ongoing.”
“There are leakages of KCSE examination papers and Parliament has to investigate it as a matter of urgency. There have been leakages of English Paper One and CRE, and it is reported leaked papers were the same as the ones candidates sat for,” Wandayi pleaded during the debating session chaired by Kuresoi North MP, Moses Cheboi.
However, Cheboi directed Wandayi to formally table a motion regarding the matter but the Ugunja MP argued that following the laid down procedures would take a lot of time and proposed adjournment of normal House business to debate on the issue.
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Wandayi got support from his Marakwet East counterpart, Kangogo Bowen who insisted that there is need for Parliament to urgently intervene in examination leakage issue because the malpractice annually has led to cancellation of results for affected schools and candidates.
Wandayi’s plea to the House comes barely a week after police in Nyamira arrested a university student found with numerous copies of ongoing KCSE examination papers.
Nyamira County Police Commander, Mwarungu Mwandoe had confirmed that a verification of the confiscated copies particularly of Biology and Business Studies reflected questions candidates tackled.
Also, police arrested three people including a Fourth Year Commerce student from a local university, who had planned to sell leaked examination papers to a school in Nyamira’s Ekerero sub-county.
Although KNEC has been refuting the claims of examination papers being leaked, the discovery and arrests have put its integrity in curbing cheating in national exams in doubt.
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