Three year ban awaits exam cheats
03 March 2014, 18:56
Nairobi - Those found or caught cheating in national exams will face three year bans from re-doing the exams, Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said.
There have been increased cases of exam irregularities and incidences of cheating in the 2013 KCSE results, a trend that is worrying Kaimenyi.
For example, in 2012, there were just over 100 exam centres caught with irregularities, with just 2013 offering 199.
Added to that, Kaimenyi announced that over 3500 candidates had been censured for cheating up from just above 2600 in the 2012 examinations.
Speaking during the release of the 2013 results, Kaimenyi said that there will be tougher measures in place to curb incidences of cheating, which he described as a problem that has to be solved.
"There will be a three year ban on exam cheats starting from the 2014 exams since measures to curb cheating are needed and quickly, he said.
He added that he is in discussions with the judiciary on ways of ensuring cases of cheating are dealt with in court quickly and with the ruthlessness they deserve.
"We need the cases in court to be dealt with swiftly which is why we are looking to have the cases heard in a separate court and in different circumstances.
He further added that the Ministry of Education as well as the Kenya National Examination Council is researching for ways of curbing cheating through the use of mobile handsets and writings on pieces of paper.
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