The Kenyan education ministry to issue unique personal numbers to learners in order to curb examination cheating
- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
As of next month, Kenyan students and pupils will no longer use index numbers as their identification while sitting for national examinations but will instead use unique personal numbers, a move that aims to curb cheating in schools.
“Each student shall have a six character personal number which shall be used at all levels of education and later in life,” said Fred Matiang’i the Education Cabinet secretary.
“The unique personal identification numbers will replace the names and index number of candidates. We are currently in the process of ensuring that every student and pupil in Kenya has UPI by March 10.”
Previously, the learners wrote their index number and official name on the final examination paper however, this has identified as one of the ways that contribute to cheating.
In the past, schools have been accused of registering ‘ghost’ students with the intention of inflating the number of candidates to the levels that the Kenya National Examination Council requires of an examination centre.
There have also been reports of impersonations during examinations.
However with the implementation of new reforms such as imprisonment for two years or a fine of two million or even both, if one is found guilty of impersonation has substantially led to a decrease in national examination violations.
In last year’s examinations for example, no leakage was reported and no results were also cancelled. In the previous years, thousands of students’ results were cancelled due to cheating allegations.
Other reforms that were implemented include:
-Any person who gains access to examination material and knowingly reveals the contents, whether orally or in writing, to an unauthorized party, whether a candidate or not, will be in violation of Section 27 of the Act and the penalty will be imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or a fine not exceeding two million shillings or both.
-Any person who willfully and maliciously damages examination material will be in violation of Section 30 of the Act and the penalty will be imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding Sh5 million or both.