I traveled more than 500 kilometers to meet this professional lady teacher because I felt she needed my counsel. To begin with, I reminded her that she was a brilliant and an intelligent teacher who in addition uses social media as a platform to combat impunity in Kenya. I didn’t want to be judgmental before I understood her viewpoint on the whole issue. I knew it was my duty to remind her that for once she had tested my trust in her. I looked into her eyes, guilt and baffling mingled together. I then used the opportunity to let her know the reality that she was supposed to hear from me. I had to let her know that she had messed her niece by enabling her to access examination leakage. I maintain that our lengthy talk helped a situation.
But regardless of my effort I still depress. The examination leakage has left a bitter taste in my mouth. I disagree with every opinion analysts are trying to depict. And that is why the Cabinet Secretary of education is on the spot following widespread cheating in form four national examination this year.
I want to disagree with the opinion that teachers are to blame for the examination leakage. Analysts have recently said that, the massive spread of exams is as a result of face-off between the teachers and the government. It is for sure that their September salary has not been paid but it would be unrealistic to argue that it compelled them to leak the exam. I want to assert that KNEC has severally failed on its mandate even before.
I purport that this year’s examination leakage is of the highest order as compared to other years. Am yet to understand why KNEC has not asked for help from the cybercrime unit and yet the chairman of the house committee on education Mrs. Sabina Chege had raised the same concerns.
It is dispiriting that the Cabinet Secretary passed the rebuke on police officers who he believes they opened the exam papers and sent them through Whatsapp. He absolved his ministry from blame, sadly enough, he did not give an immediate solution on the same. And that is why am of the intuition the main source of exam leakage is the KNEC officials. They should expound to the Kenyan people how the examination leakage comes about.
Irritation lies heavily on the Kenyan corrupt officials and that is why I don’t find it convincing that the ministry of education is faultless. This is not the first time that the exam leakage is happening in our schools. More so, it is puzzling enough that those who are concerned have failed to curb it. KNEC alleged that cheating will be seized at the marking stage. This is a predicament I do not want to comprehend because it is a mere wordplay.
As I was talking to this lady teacher in question, I realized that exam leakage is all over and it’s no longer a strike to people. According to that lady teacher, it was an induce to her from the surroundings and therefore, guilt was washing her like an acid bath. Let our leaders be told that we are tired of their devil-may-care tendency. The country is sinking because of corruption and no one seems to heed about safeguarding the situation. The hornbills are too many and they are quick to steal before they check out.
The same students were affected by the strike and it is lamentable that their results will be faced with a lot of scrutiny. These students will be the leaders of tomorrow and I hesitate we shall have a contaminated generation of leaders.
Lastly, I said these words of emphasis to my friend lady teacher, “let the students struggle just as we did.”