On March 26, 2021, the exams kicked off with English functional skills locally known as English paper one and ended with computer studies practical.
According to Kenya’s Ministry of Education, 752,891 candidates sat for this year’s exams.
Just a few hours after the end of the exams, the country’s Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Professor George Magoha officially launched the marking of the papers.
Address the press in Nairobi; the CS congratulated all candidates who beat all odds like the Covid-19 pandemic to sit for the exams. He noted the exercise was 99.9 percent successful despite few cases of examination malpractices.
Prof. Magoha disclosed that 27 officials were stripped of their duties as centre managers, supervisors, and invigilators for attempting to aid exam cheating.
He noted that their names had been dispatched to the Teachers Service Commission for punishment by the Ministry.
” We experienced a number of cases where examination officials attempted to open the papers with the intention of exposing them to candidates before the actual examinations started. We thwarted these efforts in a few centres countrywide, some of which I released to you during my weekly briefs,” reiterated Magoha
Elsewhere, 53 mobile phones were seized from students across the country, noting that the gadgets are with security agencies conducting forensic investigations to determine if they were used to aid exam irregularities.
Also, 37 civilians were arrested while trying to commit examination fraud.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary said the results would be released on May 10, saying candidates will be awarded grades on merit.