New features to check examination cheating

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New features have been introduced to curb national examination cheating as 1.6 million candidates prepare to sit for their national primary and secondary school examinations.

The students will find their names, coloured passports photograph already printed on the answer sheets. In addition, their index numbers, school names and codes will be printed beforehand.

These new features are aimed at enhancing accuracy and preventing impostors who write examinations on behalf of candidates.

New scanners have also been introduced to do away with manual marking which opened avenues for some schools to manipulate results by compromising exam markers.

The new features will ensure minimal rejection of answer sheets by scanners during marking to guarantee accurate and reliable results.

The customized answer sheets will also check cheats who hire imposters to write exams for them.

Here are some examination rules set by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec)

  • KCPE and KCSE exams papers to be stored in containers manned by sub-county education officer and an assigned The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) Knec officer.
  • Strict vetting of school heads before picking exams papers.
  • Strict criteria of hiring supervisors and invigilators.
  • Candidates, supervisors, invigilators and school heads will not use and any electronic devices during administration of exams.
  • Police officers to man examination centers.
  • Candidates to sit with a 1.22m distance on all sides, no sitting opposite each other

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