REPUBLIC OF KENYA
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
(Issued under Article 35 (3) of the Constitution)
Integrity of Examinations
NAIROBI 7th March, 2018
The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Ambassador Amina Mohamed has challenged the Kenya National examinations Council (KNEC) to sustain the credibility and integrity of the administration of examinations it had established in the last two years.She said the containment of examinations cheating in the last two years had given confidence to children that hard work and honesty actually pays.
CS Mohamed was speaking to the staff of the KNEC at Mitihani House in Nairobi during a familiarization tour of the examinations body today. She was flanked by the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Simon Kachapin, Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, Chairman of KNEC Council, Prof. George Magoha, Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Service Commission, Mrs. Nancy Macharia, and Acting Chief Executive of KNEC, Mrs. Mercy Kerogo.
Amb Mohamed said the staff who had helped reverse examinations cheating will be remembered for having done away with an illegality.“Theft is theft. But the worst kind of theft is done to those who are vulnerable; children, special needs children, and the sick,” Amb. Mohamed said.She said Educators must ensure that the students they produced at whatever level of education are of the highest calibre.“We need you as the staff of KNEC to help keep this promise to our children,” Amb. Mohamed said, saying as adults, we had not the promise previous generations of parents had not kept the promises to their children.She urged the staff to sustain the momentum that they had generated two years ago, adding: “I will do what it takes to ensure the integrity of the national examinations was kept.”
The Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang said assessment in any organisation was important, saying the staff at KNEC had the capacity to do the right thing.The Chairman of the Council, Prof. George Magoha said that the staff was supportive of the reforms the Council had initiated.“Stealing from children is the worst thing anybody can do,” he said, in apparent reference to the runaway examinations cheating that his council contained in the last two years.Present during the occasion included Director General, Mr. Robert Masese, and Director for Quality Assurance and Standards, Mr. Pius Mutisya, the Council Members, Chief Officers and staff.