KNEC News: KNEC Letter to KCSE and KCPE Candidates Reveals How Parents and Teachers are Likely to Cause Misery in Learners’ Lives
With only 10 weeks remaining to the D-DAY for the KCPE and KCSE 2020 candidates, KNEC’s acting Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mercy Karogo has written a one-page letter cautioning candidates against any examination malpractices during the upcoming national tests.
She further told the learners to be wary of any aid emanating from parents, teachers and any other interested parties since it may end up costing them an arm and a leg in the long run.
Citing the KNEC Act, the CEO spelt out dire consequences should candidates feel tempted to engage in any form of cheating.
The letter dated December 14, comes in at the right time given that the candidates will be breaking for the festive season on December 23 before resuming studies in January 2021.
“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 Sh2 million, or both” reads the KNEC Act in part.
The most touching part of the KNEC letter that will smitten the hearts and souls of candidates is the passionate advice on examination conduct.
In the letter, Dr. Karogo passionately advises candidates to shun any examination malpractices and produce their honest work during examinations.
She faulted parents and teachers who try to unfairly assist the candidates by providing them with materials for cheating during examinations.
“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,” said Karogo.
Latest details hitting our newsdesk indicate that thorough preparations are underway to ensure the Examinations are done as scheduled in the KNEC timetable.
CS Magoha, accompanied by a special team left the country early last week to assess the printing progress of the examination papers.
KCPE and KCSE Time table
KCPE examinations have been scheduled to run on March 22 and 24.
Rehearsals will be done on March 19 with mathematics and English papers to be done on first day of the examinations.
Science and Kiswahili subjects will be done on the second day, with Social Studies and Religious Education subjects done on the last day.
Atleast 1.2 million candidates will sit the three days examinations.
KCSE rehearsals have been scheduled for March 25, with written examinations kicking off March 26. The examinations will run for three weeks and three days.
Releasing the examination timetable, Magoha said marking of the two tests will be spread between April 19 and May 7.
English, mathematics and chemistry papers will be done during the first two days of the examinations. For KCSE, 751,150 candidates will sit the form four national examinations.
KNEC Registered centres
But even with the disruptions occasioned by the pandemic, Knec maintained that candidates will not be allowed to change centres they had registered to sit the examinations.
The effects of Covid-19 pushed some parents to transfer their children from some schools.
Knec, however, said that during the exams, the candidates will have to sit the tests from registered centres.
The council said the registration process of candidates was complete, data validated and candidates would have to sit the examination in their registered centres to avoid confusion.
Counties Earmarked for KCPE and KCSE Examination Malpractices
Inside sources at Knec however hinted that focus is still on counties that have had cases of examination malpractice.
Kisii, Homa Bay, Bungoma, Kisumu and Migori counties in Western and Nyanza regions have been put on high alert ahead of examinations.
Machakos, Meru, Isiolo, Turkana, West Pokot, Kericho, Narok, Elgeyo Marakwet, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties are also on the Knec radar.