The national examinations agency has urged this year’s 1.9 million Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates to avoid cheating.
Acting Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) boss Mercy Karogo observed that in most cases, candidates are misled by teachers, parents and classmates to participate in exam malpractices.
In a letter, Knec said that it was painful for the Knec to cancel results every year of the candidates who cheat. The letter was sent to all candidates through high school principals and primary school heads.
Karogo said: “These people mistakenly think that they are helping you, but instead they are exposing you to suffering through loss of examination results.”
She warned that the council would not hesitate to cancel the culprits’ results.
“No examination results can be given to a candidate who has cheated because results are only given for a candidate’s own honest efforts.”
The council cited Section 27(1) of the Knec Act 2012 that spells out stern penalties for cheats. It reads: “A person who, before or during an examination, has in his or her possession or under his or her control any examination paper or any part thereof, or any material or information purporting to relate to the contents of any paper or material for that examination, without lawful excuse, commits an offence and is liable, upon conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or a fine not exceeding Ksh2 million, or both.”
The revised education calendar for the candidates shows that the KCPE examination will be sat between 22nd and 24th March 2021.
Karogo said: “In order for you to receive your results, you must not get involved in trying to obtain any unfair assistance from anybody. You must produce your own honest work during examinations.”