Kenya sacks exam board over cheating allegations

Kenya’s schools exam board has been dissolved over irregularities in last year’s secondary school exams, which saw 5,000 results cancelled.

Report says that exam papers were shared on WhatsApp before exams and many Kenyans are now questioning the credibility of the results.

The chief executive and eight other Kenyan National Examinations Council, KNEC officials have been ordered to make police statements.

A Kenyan newspaper reported in October that questions were being sold for 1,000 Kenyan shillings.

KNEC head reacted by saying that the questions were fake.

He urged students not to trust the questions being shared on WhatsApp and went ahead with the exams which he insisted were credible.

Report says when the results were released at the beginning of March, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced that more than 5,000 exams had been cancelled.

He said that was a 70% rise in the number of cheating cases witnessed compared to 2014.

BBC