222 examination centers put under surveillance

Education CS Amina Mohammed together with PS Belio Kipasang during a past meeting. The CS 101 people have been arrested examination centres have been arrested during the examination period over malpractice PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi,KENYA: A total of 222 examination centers across the country have been put under surveillance.

This is according to the education cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed who says that the move was prompted by the centers’ history in examination fraud incidents from the years 2015 to 2017.

According to Amina, 30 of the centers have been put under High Dependency surveillance.

“192 of the centers are currently under amplified surveillance based on reported examination malpractice trends from 2015 to 2017.” Amina said.

Though Amina did not mention the centers, the CS added that a total of two hundred and twenty-four (224) security officers will escort the examination materials from the KNEC warehouse to the examination storage facilities in the sub-counties.

“The containers will have a double locking system. The Sub County Directors of Education (SCDE) and the Deputy County Commissioners will each have the keys to secure and ensure they open and close the containers every day during the examination process,” She added.

The government has since suspended leave for security officers during the examination period.

Last year, the ministry withheld the results of 10 secondary schools that were suspected to have engaged in examination malpractices.

This year national examinations will cover 1,060,759 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and 664,586 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates.