Knec stops replacement of lost, defaced exam certificates

Sunday April 16 2017

Fredrick Onyango | NATION KNEC staff discuss during the release the 2010 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results at the Kenya National Examination Council offices at Mitihani House on Denis Pritt Road in Nairobi on Tuesday. This is the first batch of results that were written by the pupils who benefited from Free Primary education introduced eight years ago.

Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) staff discuss during the release of the 2010 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results at the Knec offices at Mitihani House on Denis Pritt Road in Nairobi. The council will no longer replace lost exam certificates. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Kenya National Examinations Council has stopped the replacement of lost, defaced and burnt certificates.

Anyone requiring replacement would instead be given a notification sheet indicating he or she sat the examination in question.

Knec deputy secretary in charge of field administration Mohamud Ibrahim said the changes were made this year.

Mr Ibrahim added that remarking of candidates’ answer scripts after the release of results had also been stopped.

“Late registration of candidates has been banned too,” he said during the just-concluded 20th Annual Private Schools Directors conference in Mombasa.

EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENTED

The Knec top official added that the reduction in the duration for marking, processing and release of national examinations results was effectively implemented.

“Vetting of officers engaged in supervision, invigilation and marking of national examinations by the Teachers Service Commission, return of extra question papers and related materials to Knec after the administration of tests were also done,” he added.

Mr Ibrahim pointed out submission of inaccurate registration data, registration of candidates after the expiry of the given period, failure to upload and submit candidates’ photos and some examination centres without valid registration certificates as some of the challenges the council was facing.

ERADICATE MALPRACTICES

He asked private schools to help eradicate malpractices in national examinations.

Kenya Private Schools Association chairperson Mutheu Kasanga said its members would prepare adequately to implement the new curriculum once it was ready.

“As key players in education, we are always ready for change,” Mrs Kasanga said.