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Worrying Statistics As Matiang'i Announces The 2015 KCSE Results.

Education CS Mr. Fred Matiang’i has this morning released the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results.
525,802 candidates sat for KCSE 2015, an 8.3% increase from 485,547 in 2014. Out of these, 53% of the candidates were male with the females accounting for 46.9%.
Among the highlights in his report was the unprecedented rise in the number of cases of examination irregularities with the results of 5, 101 candidates in 505 centres being cancelled. All counties in Kenya except Isiolo County, registered cases of examination cheating with Nairobi, Makueni and Meru recording the highest number of centres with examination irregularities.
Matiang’i apologised for these irregularities and called on everyone to join hands so as to seek an end to this problem. He assured parents and students that that no centre would have their results cancelled wholesome rather KNEC had arrived at a decision only to cancel the results of individual candidates affected involved in the malpractice.
Candidates whose results have been cancelled were asked to visit Mitihani House to have their queries addressed.
“These candidates have the right to know how KNEC arrived at the decision to cancel their results. We have collected enough data to move forward on this matter of examination irregularities,” said the CS.
However, KNUT Secretary Wilson Sossion disagreed with the ministry’s stand saying that it was unfortunate that learners are the only people who have suffered
“The responsibility of exam irregularities rests with the exam council and the Education Ministry. It is wrong to punish a student for the wrongdoing of an examination body. It is unfair to cancel the results of candidates due to exam irregularities, students don't set exams. Give clemency to the children and punish the actual culprits,” said Sossion.
Academic dishonesty is a prevalent problem for academic communities all over. Temptation is everywhere, and the means to carry out are just as available. With the majority of these students having access to internet-enabled cell phones, answers to test questions can zing around a region in minutes. Statistics show that one out of nine students will cheat on a test before graduating from high school.
The pressure for students to stay ahead in classes to maintain a perfect “on-paper” representation for colleges has developed greatly in respect to the ever-increasing difficulty to get accepted to college. Academic dishonesty cheats the student, fellow students, the system and society. The students who don’t cheat feel also cheated.
Schools, parents, the authorities and the community at large must therefore actively discourage cheating if we are to have any hope of stopping this epidemic. Our nation will not be globally competitive if we raise a generation of under-educated cheaters. We therefore should emphasize the importance of integrity.
Otherwise, candidates can know their results by sending Index Number to 22252 for just sh.25.

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