Knec has cancelled the results of 3,427 candidates over exam irregularities, chairman George Magoha has said.
Addressing the media during the release of Knec investigations on Tuesday, Magoha said the students are are free to register for the 2019 exam.
“The council has made a painful but a good decision and that is to cancel the results of the candidates. These candidates should be encouraged to register for this year’s exam. The deadline is February 15,” he said.
The chairman noted that the affected candidates were from 4,300 examination centers.
“These centers were bold enough to try and cause irregularities.. during the process we caught some of them and dealt with them accordingly,” he said.
“If you are not caught during the process you are caught during marking.”
Magoha said the candidates are from 44 centers across the country, adding that the malpractice occurred due to negligence of some officials.
“During the investigation, we found out that the malpractice took place due to negligence of adults like centre managers, invigilators, teachers’ service personnel on the ground among others,” he said.
He said 1,275 candidates and nine centers from the 15 affected counties were cleared.
“This was after thorough investigation without fear or favour… therefore their results will be released,” he said.
Last year,Magoha asked Education CS Amina Mohamed to unsympathetically deal with candidates who were caught cheating in the KCSE exams, saying choices must have consequences.
The results of 100 candidates were cancelled over cheating. Several others were withheld on suspicion of cheating.
In total, 660,204 candidates sat this year’s exam – 338,628 male (51.29%) and 321,576 female (48.71%). They include 1,499 special needs candidates.
The exams were sat across 10,078 exam centres. 18 counties had more female than male candidates compared to 17 last year.
Knec contracted 82,059 field officers in the supervision and invigilation of the exam touted as the strictest in Kenya’s history.
They include 450 commissioners and assistant county commissioners, 900 education officers, 9,878 centre managers, 10,183 supervisors, 36,622 invigilators
Some 21,556 security personnel were deployed to man the exams – 1,800 were sent to man security facilities while 19,756 were sent to man examination centres.
Some 2,470 drivers were used during the whole examination exercise.