The Kenya National Examinations Council is reported to be carrying out Gestapo operations in a number of Nyanza schools in a bid to stem the widely publicized leakage of the ongoing national examinations.
The exam body has refused to stop the ongoing national exams due to widespread leakages.
The move has however attracted the ire of ODM Party which now accuses the exam body of targeting Nyanza to introduce and non-existent ethnic angle to a scam whose perpetrators are right inside the offices of KNEC in Nairobi.
The Orange Party through its Chairman John Mbadi, himself a certified public accountant and B. Com graduate from the University of Nairobi has warned against any punitive measures by the exam body will be legally resisted. Below is their statement.
DISTURBING DEVELOPMENTS INÂ ADMINISTRATIONÂ OF KCSE IN NYANZA & NORTHÂ EASTERN
Our attention has been drawn to the presence of inspectors from the ministry of education in nearly all counties in Nyanza and North Eastern supposedly looking for leaked KCSE exam papers.
On Monday, these officers from the Ministry of Education spent time in Homa Bay County & Wajir , allegedly searching for leaked papers in all sorts of places, including dustbins while candidates were going on with exams. That was the situation in Homa Bay School & Wajir High school in Homa Bay County and Wajir County respectively , among other places.
Today, Tuesday, the inspectors have moved to Migori and while in North Eastern they moved to Mandera where we understand they plan to move to top schools like Kanga, Rapogi High schools and Sheikh Khalifa allegedly searching for leaked exam papers.
This development is truly unfortunate. It is part of the pattern by Jubilee regime to target communities and regions with a view to keeping them down and marginalizing them.
Our survey has established that the inspectors have not been dispatched to regions other than Nyanza and North Eastern.
This is part of an attempt to give an ethnic dimension to a large-scale failure by the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examinations Council to administer credible exams a result of the disquiet among teachers. Its effect is to intimidate candidates in Nyanza, North Eastern and cause massive poor results or cancellation of the same.
We wish to caution the Ministry of Education and KNEC that as leaders, we will not take this development lightly. We will not allow candidates in Nyanza & North Eastern to pay the price for the failures of the regime, the ministry and KNEC.
We call on all Candidates to remain steady and avoid panic. As leaders, we are watching these developments keenly and will take appropriate action should need arise.
In the meantime, I am calling on all leaders from Nyanza & NORTHÂ EASTERNÂ and education stakeholders to take keenÂ interest in the goings on in our schools with a view to collecting relevant data for appropriate action when need be. No community, whether in Nyanza, North Eastern or anywhere else, should be made to bear the blame for the failures of the National Government. We will not stand aside while our children are being forced to carry blame for events beyond their control.
HON JOHN MBADI,