To combat emerging types of cheating in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Examination 2022, the Kenyan National Examination Council (KNEC) has announced a number of measures .
On Friday, December 2nd, KNEC CEO David Njeng’ere addressed the media and mentioned that while students are taking their first exams, papers for the second session will be placed in the examination rooms.
He hinted that this was done to address worries about schools leaking exam questions in advance.
The KNEC director went on to say that the students, invigilators, and police will all work together to keep the papers safe.
He also mentioned that the exam papers would be made available at a different time than originally planned due to a change in practice by the council.
“The containers will be open at 7 am and not 6 am as was earlier being done. Therefore centres have a shorter time with the scripts,” Njeng’ere asserted.
He also cautioned students against cheating on exams and said that the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was keeping a close eye on how and where they were using the internet.
According to Njeng’ere, Garissa county had the most number of phones taken away on the first day of national exams.
The head of exams said that investigators were looking into student phones to see if any information had been leaked.
“KNEC officials did an exemplary job before the students could use them. Those phones are with the DCI for analysis and if the students are found culpable, we shall deal with it as per the guidelines,” he stated.
Specifically, he said that students would be subjected to more extensive frisking before exams began in order to detect the presence of any prohibited materials.
These rules are part of a larger set of regulations announced by the examination body, which also prohibits giving extra exam papers to teachers and invigilators.
The KCSE started on Friday, December 1st, and will end on Friday, December 23rd.