The results of 1,039 candidates who sat for the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations have been cancelled after it was found that they engaged in exam malpractice.
Education CS Prof Magoha said the candidates engaged in various forms of cheating including getting into exam hall with unauthorized materials, mobile phones and collusion.
The number however is lower than last years’ where over 4,500 candidates had their results cancelled.
Prof Magoha also announced that 658 candidates will have to wait longer to know their fate after their results were withheld for what the CS termed as “routine checks on small details” such as accuracy of names and registration.
The CS was clear that their results have not been cancelled and as soon as the verification process is done, those results will be released.
Of the 1,309 cheating cases, collusion formed the highest number with 1,158 cases, then unauthorized materials came second with 101 cases, 47 candidates had mobile phones, while only two cases of impersonation were detected and reported.
But during the exams, CS Magoha said close to 100 mobile phones were confiscated and more than ten impersonators were cought.
More than 667,200 candidates sat for this year KCSE examinations, which were done between November 4 and 27. Of these, 355,782 whichr represented 51% were male, while 341,440 (48 %) were female.
Of the total number, 627 scored A plain, 5,796 scored A- (minus) Overall, the number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of Mean Grade C+ and above in this year 2019 is 125,746, which is up from last years 90,377.
Prof Magoha again emphasized that stringent measures have been put in place by the ministry to restore credibility in the country’s national exams.