KNEC withholds results of 4,109 KCSE candidates over irregularities

KNEC withholds results of 4,109 KCSE candidates over irregularities

KCSE 2023: Over 4,000 candidates face probe over exam malpractice

The fate of 4,109 candidates who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in 2023 hangs in the balance as they await investigations into alleged exam irregularities.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced on Monday that the results of these candidates have been withheld pending the outcome of the probe by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and the Directorate of Quality Assurance.

Machogu said that the candidates were suspected of engaging in various forms of cheating during the exam, which was administered between October 23 and November 2023.

He added that the President William Ruto had also expressed concern over the reports of exam malpractice and instructed him to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.

Ruto was briefed by Machogu and his team on the KCSE 2023 results at State Lodge Eldoret, where the CS released the results.

Machogu also revealed that another 3,685 candidates who had registered for the exam did not show up to sit for it. He ordered the Directorate of Quality Assurance to work with KNEC to establish their true identity and whereabouts.

According to the ministry’s data, a total of 903,260 candidates sat for the KCSE 2023 exam, out of which 450,554 were male and 448,899 were female.

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