During the year 2014 KCPE examination, 1,702 out of 880,486 candidates who sat for the examination, representing 0.19% of the total number of candidates who sat for the examination were involved in examination irregularities in 93 out of 24,260 examination centres, representing 0.38% of the total number of examination centres.
During the year 2013 KCPE examination, 0.19% of the total number of candidates who sat for the examination in 0.37% of the total number of examination centres were involved in examination irregularities. It is therefore evident that the percentage of candidates and examination centres involved examination irregularities remained relatively the same in the year 2014 as was the case last year. Despite the overall percentage of candidates and examination centres involved in examination irregularities in the years 2014 and 2013 KCPE examinations being low, we all need to do more to eradicate this vice. Involvement of candidates in examination irregularities is but a reflection of the decaying morals in today’s society. It is extremely disheartening to note that parents and teachers who should be role models for children are sometimes at the forefront of perpetuating and abetting examination irregularities. The onus is therefore on parents, guardians, teachers and the entire society at large to lead by example and instill values of honesty and hardwork in children if we need expect to stamp out cheating in examinations. I wish to note that Kiswahili and English recorded the highest number of examination irregularities this year, a trend that has been replicated for the last three years. I am hereby directing the Education Standards & Quality Assurance Council, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in conjunction with the Kenya National Examinations Council to investigate and come up with interventions that can be quickly be put in place to reverse this trend. Collusion was the most common form of examination irregularities in the year 2014 kcpe examination, constituting 99.9% of the total number of examination irregularity cases. Poor supervision and invigilation during examinations is the main cause of collusion.
In this regard, I wish to direct that severe disciplinary action be taken against any Supervisor or any Invigilator who is found to have abetted cheating among candidates during the examination. The good news is that there was no cheating in 15 of the 47 counties in Kenya. This is commendable and all stakeholders who played a part to ensure that there was no cheating in these counties are highly commended. These counties were: Taita Taveta, Tana River, Lamu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Machakos, Embu, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot , Laikipia, Bungoma, Vihiga, Siaya and Garissa. It is even more gratifying to know that of these 15 counties, 7 were not involved in examination irregularities even during the 2013 kcpe examination. These were: Taita Taveta, Tana River, Lamu, Nyandarua, Transzoia, Vihiga and Siaya. Ladies and Gentlemen, join me in recognizing these counties with a hearty handclap