KNEC’s New Plan to Curb National Exam Irregularities
KNEC’s New Plan to Curb National Exam Irregularities. The Education Committee of the National Assembly, after a visit to New Mitihani House, has expressed satisfaction with the Kenya National Examination Council‘s (KNEC) preparedness for the upcoming examinations and their efforts to prevent cheating.
Julius Melly, chairman of the committee, mentioned the careful monitoring of social networks to prevent the spread of false information.
KNEC has introduced new security measures, including a change in the process of collecting exam papers. Instead of picking up all the papers in the morning, center managers will pick up only the morning paper. Afternoon papers will be withdrawn just before the exam to limit early access. In addition, the practice of document collection officers within sub-counties will be reviewed with a focus on proximity.
KNEC plans to purchase additional containers for transporting exam materials to schools, which will shorten the collection and delivery time. These measures are implemented three months before the national exams.
The number of candidates for various examinations includes 1.4 million for KCPE, 1.2 million for KPSEA and 903,260 for KCSE. Exam dates are scheduled for the end of October to the end of November.
Exam abuse is disturbing, blame games involve government agencies. The police and investigative bodies have faced criticism for their role in the fight against cheating.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has accused the judiciary of protecting cybercriminals and has been criticized for not quickly removing websites selling fake exam materials.
Preparations for exams, visits to the printing house and evaluation of construction progress are underway at New Mitihani House. A budget allocation of Sh350 million has been proposed to complete the remaining projects within one year.
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