In this year’s K.C.P.E results a number of about 35 schools in Nairobi and Muran’ga counties had their results cancelled due to alleged cheating. In the entire country a total of 2709 students were involved in cheating. This is a blow to the affected students and their parents on the other hand since they have nothing to show for their hard work of eight straight years.
Teachers have been blamed to have an upper hand in cheating because they are responsible for looking for the papers that are being sat for in a given examination. They do so to ensure that the children in their school will pass and this in turn increases popularity for their schools.
Parents have also been blamed for supposedly aiding their children to cheat in the national examinations. This is because you will hear a parent bragging how he or she was able to land on an exam leak and thus gave the daughter to do ample revision. So this means that if a parent encourages his or her daughter to cheat, then such an action only shows the child that cheating is normal and the example is right there with the parent.
Then the other issue is the government neglecting most schools in terms of the resources hence the cheating as the students hope to join the favored schools. For example, national schools are often visited by quality standards officer for inspection while like the day schools rarely get such visits maybe after several years or so. But then if students are sure of getting the best in all schools, then no one would go about cheating in examinations.
Then as far as cheating is concerned, if the C.S is serious about completely curbing cheating, then he ought to start cleaning the mess right in his office .This is so because there are some loopholes somewhere since exam cheating also involves some senior officials in the Ministry of Education who sees this as an opportunity to gain in monetary terms. This means that for any examinations to reach to the general public, and then there is definitely money exchanging hands.