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12 counties did not engage in exam cheating, reveals Matiang'i

30 December 2015, 18:09 Pauline Nyumu

Nairobi - The Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i has revealed that 12 counties did not have any cases of cheating in the 2015 KCPE exams.

While releasing the exam results at Mtihani house Wednesday, Matiangi said Taita Taveta, Mombasa, Nyeri, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Siaya, Kilifi, Tana River, Kajiado and Marsabit did not engage in irregularities despite the rampant cheating that was reported in the examination period.

A total of 2709 candidates engaged in exam irregularities, representing 0.29 per cent of those who sat the exam.

The CS strongly condemned the vice, which he attributed to irresponsibility on the part of the stakeholders in the education sector.

“Examination cheating is the lowest form of intellectual dishonesty,” Matiang’i said, adding that all data on performance including cases of cheating would be made public to promote accountability.

Read Also: Public schools record major drop in 2015 KCPE

“We want to find a way of dealing with this nonsense on exam cheating once and for all because we cannot condemn the lives of our children on account of our own irresponsibility.”

The CS disclosed that the ministry is working on a strategy that will bring a lasting solution to the menace that has riddled exams in the country.

“We will do whatever it takes to bring this matter to an end once and for all,” he promised.

He also urged County Education directors to analyse trends in examination irregularities in their counties for the last three years and deal with the cases at the county level.

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