By Sarah Omondi
After a week-long of credibility concerns from some politicians and education stakeholders over last week’s KCSE results, the Senate has launched probe into claims of exam irregularities.
Immediately after Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announced the results, there was uproar over “abnormal” grades and improvement curves recorded in Nyanza region, specifically Kisii and Nyamira counties.
Those who questioned the results said the surge in straight As to 1146 from 1138 in 2021 was a clear indication of widespread exam cheating.
At Nyambaria High School, 28 of its 488 candidates scored A with the lowest grade being a B- (minus). The school recorded a mean grade of 10 points (B+).
CS Machogu said there were no cases of exam malpractices as requisite measures to ensure integrity of the exams had been put in place, trashing the cheating claims.
He told off critics for focusing on schools in Nyanza while there were other schools in other regions that had posted exemplary performance.
Meru Senator and Senate Deputy Speaker Kathuri Murungi said only thorough probe would offer answers to many emerging questions over credibility of the last year’s exams.
“We want to know the truth about the KCSE results,” he said during inaugural retreat of the Chairpersons of 16 Senate committees.
Senate Education Committee Chair Joe Nyutu Tuesday confirmed that the issue was being investigated to establish if any cheating occurred.
“It is very easy to know if there was cheating especially if candidates wrote the same answers because we all cannot think the same,” he said.
The Murang’a Senator said punitive action will be taken against anyone found to have abetted exam malpractices.
“A school cannot have a mean grade of five and then all of a sudden shoot to nine,” Mr Nyutu said, adding that a comprehensive report will be issued after conclusion of investigations.