By Maurice Alal, reporting from Kisumu. Kenya
Police in Kisumu County of Nyanza region have warned those that are usually involved in examination irregularities to be prepared to face full force of the law as the country prepares to kick off the exercise.
It is said that examination irregularities are rampant in Western
Kenya where selling of fake examination papers is believed to be a booming business mostly during the exams period by the unscrupulous traders.
Some of the district said to be rampant in exams irregularities
include Kisii, Nyamira, Nyamira south and Kisii Central among other districts where most candidates’ results were canceled last year due to cheating.
Nyanza Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Joseph Oletito said that security will be beefed up in the exams centres to curb cases of irregularities adding that the government have put in place various measures to reduce such vices.
He said the number of security officers manning the exams centres will be increased, both regular and administration police. The PPO said the postponement of the national examinations dates will give them ample time to prepare adequately for the exercise.
“We as the security agent, we are going to use that period to initiate the necessary measures to ensure the region does not involve in cheating during exams the way it has been witnessed before,” Oletito said.
The examination dates were rescheduled by three weeks following the just ended teachers’ strike that paralyzed leaning activities in public schools countrywide.
Oletito further appealed to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to ensure that examination papers reached the station in time.
The police boss further revealed that last year some centres had shortage of papers that delayed examination in most schools in the region.
The police boss warned those teachers that are said to be colluding with parents and students to cheat in exams that they will be arrested and charged in court.
“Those obtaining money with false pretense. The law is clear and will be arrested,” Oletito said adding that there is increase of unscrupulous people who sell fake papers to students especially during the examination.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams is set to kick off in October 15, to December 15, 2012 while Kenya Certificate of Primary Education is schedule to commence in early December this year.
This was arrived after the teacher’s strike a deal with government who agreed to pay them a total of Shs 13.5 billion salary allowance to 275,000 teachers following the three-week countrywide strike.
However, the Education Minister, Mutula Kilonzo said that the strike have interfered with school calendar making the government to push dates by three weeks to enable teachers to complete syllabus.