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Thursday, 8 March 2012


A week to the release of the 2011 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam results, I argued the local media needed to get an assurance from the Kenya National Examination Council that everything was in order. And now, we have riots over cancellation of some exam results, which the local media is happy to highlight.

Based on past monumental errors linked to how KNEC had been discharging it's duties, I had urged the media to be proactive in seeking to smoke out any irregularities, and among other issues, help ascertain:

"That all cases of cheating and other malpractices have been validly identified, cross-checked and the fate of the culprits justifiably sealed."

It has since emerged that no KNEC official was present in Northern Kenya, to supervise the 2011 KCSE, and yet the cancelled results that sparked off riots, happen to be from the same region.

According to Capital FM, KNEC's Chief Executive says lack of security and inadequate staff prevented them from monitoring exams, which led to widespread cheating. In a way, does it mean  the dishonest candidates were encouraged by KNEC's shortcomings?

But back to my bone of contention, these are some of the issues the local media should have sought to expose, before the release of KCSE results, instead of only waiting to give immense and reactionary coverage to the aftermath of cancelled exam results.

And for that, the local media scores an F.

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