State Department for Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan has dismissed claims of leakage saying the integrity of the exams is above board.
On Friday, a section of teachers raised serious concerns on the credibility of the just-concluded Standard Eight national exams after it emerged that nearly half of the questions in the English Language paper had been lifted from two books and a test that had been sold to a number of schools in February.
This even as the 2020-21 Form Four national exams began on Friday across the country, with 751,150 candidates eligible to write the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) tests.
The exams will be tightly monitored by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) and security agencies to ward off malpractices.
Jwan spoke in Kibra on Friday as the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination 2020 on Friday officially kicked off countrywide.
The PS while supervising the distribution of KCSE papers said the reports of leakage by a local daily were unfounded and malicious urging Kenyans to disregard them.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha said the exam has not been leaked as alleged, urging the students to focus on doing their best amid the challenges brought by COVID-19.
“Kindly disregard the reports appearing in one of the dailies. Our exams are administered with the highest integrity,” said Magoha.
The CS traced a candidate, Emma Achieng, who was missing to her home in Nyatike only to learn that she went missing three weeks ago.
Ministry of Education CAS Mumina Bonaya on the other hand was in Isiolo County to monitor the exercise while University Education & Research PS Amb. Simeon Nabukwesi supervised the distribution of KCSE exams paper in Webuye Bungoma County.
In Kisii, Education CS Prof George Magoha supervised the distribution of test papers at the county commissioner offices.
He said no cheating has been detected so far and that officials are closely monitoring schools in Kisii, Migori and Homa Bay counties.
In Meru County, Skills Development PS Alfred Cheruiyot said the Ministry of Education has put in place measures to ensure that the examinations are credible.
The PS said officers from the Education ministry headquarters had joined their colleagues in various centres across the country to help them supervise distribution and invigilation of the tests.