- Kenya has dissolved its examination board over malpractices in last year's exams
- It was reported by the local newspaper that the answers to the exams questions were being circulated on WhatApp
- The chief executive of the board denied the report and went ahead with the exams
Kenya has dissolved its examination board over cheating allegations that characterized last year’s secondary school exams.
The exams board, referred to as Kenya National Examination Council, (KNEC ) was dissolved after last year’s exams saw over 5,000 results cancelled after it was affirmed that most of the exams questions were shared on WhatsApp before the exams.
The Kenyan newspaper, The Nation revealed through a report that the exams questions were being sold for 1,000 Kenyan shillings ($10; £7) in October, last year. This allegation was denied by the KNEC (Kenya National Examinations Council) head who reacted to the report by the paper and said that the questions were fake.
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The KNEC head in his reaction urged students not to trust the questions being shared on WhatsApp and went ahead with the exams which he insisted were credible. However, in March this year, the local media hinted that when the results were released, the Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i announced that more than 5,000 exams had been cancelled.
He said that was a 70% rise in the number of cheating cases witnessed compared to 2014. This has led to many Kenyans are now questioning the credibility of the results.
In view of the above mishap, the Chief Executive and eight other KNEC officials have been ordered to make police statements.