Just last week on Thursday, the K.C.S.E results for the last year’s form four national examinations were released and the results of thousands of students involved with cheating were cancelled. The students were wrong to cheat but they were instantly penalized by having their results cancelled and this means a lot for any child who sees his or her four-year period studies going down to being nothing.
But I found myself comparing this issue of cheating exams with the corruption cases that are seemingly getting out of hand. Imagine a situation where the affected students are not given an opportunity to say something but for those alleged to be involved in corrupt deals they have all it takes to defend themselves from corruption allegations.
So the corrupt individuals and the cheating students are no different in any way because their integrity is questionable. For the case of the national examinations, cheating has been there though even the examinations council body has always been adamant that claims of exam leak are misplaced. So the best this body can do is to address the issue once and for all because this may make us to one day feel the pinch of condoning this bad habit.
What of the corrupt guys? I think we ought to see the same instant penalties to our corrupt guys because they are also cheating using the taxpayers’ money. The results are cancelled as a way of curbing this practice in the future but I think corruption is a vice that is blackening the country’s future day in day out yet it seems like controlling it is becoming practically hard because so far no serious measures are taken into effect.
So the affected students’ future is already unsecured but corrupt individuals have nothing to worry because there are systems that allow them to secure their continued say in the name of court orders to even stop investigations. So the treatment for birds of the same feather should concur because cheating is bad whether for students or for other individuals.