The National Assembly has invited public participation on alleged malpractices in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Exam whose results elicited credibility questions.
The results announced by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu last month saw some schools suddenly posting high grades with almost every student scoring university entry grades.
For instance, Nyambaria High school showed an exemplary performance with 28 candidates out of the 488 candidates scoring As compared to four in 2021 and the lowest grade for the class being a B minus with the school recording a mean score of 10.
Through a public notice dated February 2, Clerk of the National Assembly Samuel Njoroge said the Committee on Education had resolved to conduct a public inquiry into the allegations and make recommendations to the House.
“The inquiry’s terms of reference are to carry out a comprehensive analysis of KCSE examination results for the years 2019 to 2022 to determine whether there is a trend capable of providing plausible interpretations that can lead to conclusions on whether there was cheating as reported.”
“To examine whether there was cheating and other malpractices in the examination, how they were arranged, the parties involved and extent of involvement, and the parties that bear the greatest responsibility,” the notice read.
Njoroge said the committee also seeks to examine the measures taken by the Education Ministry and the Kenya National Examinations Council to curb examination cheating and other malpractices end their adequacy.
“To consider the effectiveness of KNEC guidelines and rules in curbing examination malpractices; to examine whether examination marking stations were adequately prepared regarding the marking schemes, integrity of markers, award of marks and the moderation process.