The National Assembly Education Committee has kick-started a probe into allegations of cheating and other malpractices in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
During a briefing meeting with committee members on Thursday, Julius Melly, the committee chair, said they will conduct a detailed inquiry into the whole process of administration and marking of the examination and the process of releasing exam results.
“We are ready and determined to get answers on what really transpired in the run-up to the 2022 exams and the period thereafter ,” said Melly, who disclosed that the 15-member house team will be split into two groups.
The committee chairperson appealed to the public to turn up in large numbers and submit their views to the House team when they start their regional visits in a fortnight.
Public members can submit their views orally or in writing from March 20 to March 27, 2023. This is according to a notice issued by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Samuel Njoroge, published in today’s dailies.
In the notice, the watchdog committee has spelt out nine terms of reference for the inquiry that will see the lawmakers visit 11 select counties to collect views from the public.
“To establish the trend and commence a comparative analysis of 2022 KCSE examination performance vis-a-vis performance of the preceding years 2019-2022,” reads the notice, in part.
According to the notice, the committee will seek to determine whether there were incidences of cheating or other examination malpractices and also consider if the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examination Council took any steps to stop cheating.
The committee will also seek the public’spublic’s guidance on the possibility of reviewing the existing penalties for exam malpractices in Kenya.
According to the schedule released by the committee, on March 20, 2023, the team will be in Nakuru County at the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner’s plenary hall.
On the same day, another team will be at Nyeri County for a public engagement at the Nyeri youth empowerment centre in Ruring’u, central Kenya.
On March 21, 2023, the MPs will collect views from the public at Uasin Gishu Multi-purpose Hall (Uasin Gishu County) and at the Embu Kenya School of Government.
On the third day, March 22, 2023, committee members will be at Muliro University Hall and Machakos Youth Center.
Residents of Nyamira County will have an opportunity to make their submissions before the MPs on March 23, 2023, at Nyamira CDF hall. On the same date, another team from the committee will be at the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic Hall.
March 24, 2023, will be the last day of the regional visits, with the twin teams from the committee conducting public hearings at Grace Ogot hall and Wajir- ICT hall.
The committee members will eventually converge in Nairobi on March 27, 2023, at the Mini-Chamber, County hall in Parliament Buildings, for the final day of the public hearings.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.