The Kenya National Examinations Council has been dissolved following the high cases of cheating that were observed in last year’s KCSE examinations.
Former University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof George Magoha takes over as the new chairman of the board with immediate effect.He replaces Prof. Kabiru Kinyanjui who was sacked.
The government also ordered the arrest of the council’s chief executive officer Joseph Kivilu and eight other senior officers over examination irregularities.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Interior counterpart Joseph Nkaissery said preliminary investigations had revealed complicity, irregularities and illegitimate activities on a number of fronts within and outside the council.
The two Cabinet secretaries said the officers were involved in examination irregularities that saw the results of about 2,709 KCPE candidates and 5,100 KCSE candidates cancelled.
Nkaissery said that a security review of the management of the examination had revealed a need for deep reforms in the council.
He added,”“Examination cheating is criminal. We have decided that, we want to restore credibility and reduce criminality in examination, and have discussed with the IG that those involved be arrested immediately and record a statement.
“Those arrested should show course why legal action should not be taken against them.”