Last year’s KCSE examinations were full of the usual scandals;exam cheating, cancelled exams and others.
But now details are emerging about a police officer and teacher having worked together to leak the national exams.
The main source of leaked national examination papers last year was a teacher in Mandera County, a confidential government report has revealed.
The deputy principal of a school in Wargadud, near El Wak on the Kenya-Ethiopia border, confessed to Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) investigators how he had planned to steal the exam since July last year with the collusion of police officers from the region.
According to the report by KNEC and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, the teacher also detailed how the exam was distributed to his students, who then forwarded it to their friends in Nairobi via mobile phones.
Also involved in the scheme was a student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, who distributed it widely on behalf of the teacher, also raking in millions of shillings
Although the report, dated December 5, 2015, says that the teacher was arrested, he has not been charged to date despite giving a secretly recorded confession to criminal investigations officers.
The student, on the other hand, was arrested on Wednesday last week but has yet to be arraigned.
A source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, told the Nation that the student had been driven to Nyamira, where he is accused of widely distributing photocopies of the leaked exam papers for a fee.
-Source, Nation Newspaper
This scandal is just an example of the rot and corruption in our Examination Council and Judicial system.
Some of the reaction from radio shows today morning such as Kiss 100, showcases the anger that Kenyans are feeling towards this issue
One caller identified as Sheila said,
“How dare we let such things go. It means when these candidates join the university, they do not even know what they are doing. Some will join med school without even knowing proper biology or chemistry. This is an atrocity.
Another caller, Identified as Kamau said:
“Let the candidates repeat those exams. We are graduating a bunch of teenagers who know nothing !”
What is sad is that it is the teenagers who suffer. For how long will some of the National schools want to seek top positions at the expense of the youth?