Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has announced that the government plans to monitor the phones of headteachers who will also be taking up the role of exam centre managers in the upcoming national examinations in Kenya. This was during a meeting with the curriculum steering committee at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
The government has put in place stringent measures to curb exam cheating with things going a notch higher this year. As announced by the cabinet secretary, only the headmasters will be allowed to have a mobile phone during the examination period. This means that supervisors, invigilators and security officer will not be allowed to have mobile phones.
CS Amina also said that the headteacher’s phones will be under 24 hours surveillance by security officers “to get to know which people the head teachers will be communicating with during the period.” The CS also made it clear that more schools had been put under surveillance for being suspected of brewing plans to cheat in the exams.
“Kenya National Examinations Council chairman, Prof George Magoha, indicated that there are 30 schools under surveillance. We have more schools than the 30 and we will not spare anyone who gets involved in cheating,” she said.