Mombasa, KENYA: The move by the government to curb examination irregularities in the on-going Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education KCSE, have sparked debate among the members of the public.
Speaking to Baraka FM on Wednesday, some said that the recent stringent measures to curb exam irregularities may not necessarily change the game since already some cases of malpractice are still being reported.
“The exam cheating is recurring and any attempt to avert it is in vain, because even in the ongoing exams there are arrests being made,so people are still involved in this practice,” Said Kevin Barasa, a Mombasa resident.
Prior to the commencement of KCPE and KCSE, Education CS Fred Matiang’i warned that any attempts of exam malpractice will be met with dire consequences.
This saw the release and issuance of tough guidelines to be met by all the stakeholders during the exam season.
According to the members of the public, these tough guidelines almost proved effective on the recently concluded KCPE exams;since there were very few cases of cheating.
“I think the war against exam malpractice is likely to be won because now the government has come out in full force,meaning it now wants to act on it,” said Rukiya Salim.
Others were of the opinion that the measures have had an impact on the sitting candidates since the examinations officially began, as it is perceived that students have now shifted to pure hard work for credible results.
“Students have now thronged most of the public libraries studying for their exams, perhaps they have realized that there is no alternative but just to put individual effort,” Said Rose.
“We have not seen this before.Maybe with these measures, the exam irregularities will be done away with this time and the students will change their perceptions towards exams,” she added.
The government has maintained its position that the measures are sustainable and will apply all through in future examinations.
So far a number of arrests have so far been made regarding exam malpractices in the country.