Sossion and several teachers say private school students will have an advantage after KNEC blunder

A glaring blunder by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) led to serious KCPE leakage that favoured specific schools. This is according to revelations made public by Wilson Sossion and several teachers. 

Mr. Sossion, who is the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General, and several teachers have said on record that KNEC lifted Social Studies and English exams from two books that had been widely circulated to Class 8 candidates before the March 2021 exams. 

Wilson Sossion

They have said that private schools candidates had already done the tests in February 2021 after purchasing the books published by Distinction Educational Publishers. Those books are not approved by the KICD for use in schools.

“When a similar test is predicted and it appears in the KNEC exams, then it shows there was a leakage. The credibility and reliability of national exams is tarnished,” Sossion told a local newspaper on Thursday. 

“Even though exams are set from learning material available, KNEC going on to publish the same tests indicates that we have a serious issue with our exam process,” Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary-General, Akelo Misori added. 

Candidates at an exam center

The said publishers have denied any involvement in the scandal, they insist that all they do is release tests that are used to analyse the students’ preparedness.

“If KNEC used our content, then we don’t have any issue with them. Our books have been used in the past,” a director at the company responded. 

On Wednesday, March 24th, Education CS George Magoha insisted that no cheating had occurred, although this was several hours before the statement by Sossion and the team of teachers who have so far come forward to expose the leakage.

Education stakeholders said that they would keenly follow the developments to see whether Magoha would take action against KNEC, and how he will rectify the situation, seeing as private school students now have a clear advantage over their public school counterparts.

Marking of the KCPE tests began on Thursday, March 25.

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