The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) will allow 25 students from Dibuoro Secondary School to re-sit the  2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination following a successful appeal.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, April 5, Siaya County Assistant Director of Education, Nelson Sifuna, stated that KNEC allowed the candidates to re-sit the national test after they petitioned the government challenging the cancellation of their exam results over suspected malpractice.

The 25 students will now sit the exam in 30 days after KNEC found their appeal had raised pertinent arguments.

“KNEC allowed them to re-sit the exam to enable them get their results, bearing in mind what happened during the exams,” Sifuna stated.KNEC is, however, yet to decide the centre the students will write the test and the respective dates the subjects will be done. KNEC’s gesture was welcomed by both parents and students who thanked the body for showing them leniency.

The 25 candidates were part of 42 students from the school who were arrested on March 19 during the administration of the Chemistry practical paper in a raid conducted by a multi-agency team that received a tip off.

Police officers confiscated four mobile phones from the candidates. A further probe revealed that the students were part of a WhatsApp Group where the exam papers were shared.

Among the papers found to have been shared with the candidates were the Chemistry Paper 3, which they sat on the day of the raid, and a copy of the Kiswahili test they sat the previous day. Consequently, KNEC partnered with the investigating agencies to unearth the mastermind of the breach.

Notably, Dibuoro School was not the only institution from the region that missed out on its results. Over 400 candidates from Oriwo High School in Homa Bay County are yet to know whether or not they have qualified for university education.

KNEC CEO, David Njeng’ere, on April 27, ended the anxiety of the students after announcing that they would know their fate in May 2022 upon conclusion of investigations on their alleged involvement in exam malpractices.

Adamant on the seriousness of the fight against exam cheating, Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, declared that 441 students whose exams had been cancelled, would not be shown any mercy.

“There were 441 cases reported in the 2021 KCSE Examination and one case of a centre with all the results withheld. KNEC will not have any mercy on examination offenders who must be dealt with decisively,” Magoha affirmed.

Education CS George Magoha handing over 2021 KSCE results to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on April 23, 2022.PSCU
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