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Candidates go into rampage and destroy the classrooms and staff lounge, After teachers confiscated their phones

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Candidates go into rampage and destroy the classrooms and staff lounge, After teachers confiscated their phones

After teachers confiscated the candidates’ phones, they went on a rampage and destroyed the classrooms and staff lounge.

Since it began a week ago, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) has gone off without a hitch. However, abnormalities have been noticed in a few places here and there.

The incident where Kimelok Secondary School students went on a rampage and damaged classrooms and the staff room after having their phones taken away from them stands out.

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Candidates taking the KCSE may be tempted to cheat due to the high stakes on the exam, the prevalence of cheating, and the level of academic competitiveness.

Students may feel pressured to get perfect results on standardized tests because of the widespread reliance on them as the key criteria for success. Limited university spots and the widespread perception that academic success is the only measure of worth add to the intensity of this pressure.

Inadequate preparation, which is affected by resource inequities and variations in instructional quality, may also contribute to cheating.

Students are often motivated to engage in dishonest behavior by the fear of disappointing family and the social penalties associated to a perception of failure.

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Candidates may resort to unethical practices if they have reason to believe the examination system is not fair, for example because of corruption or differing grading standards.

Changing the educational system as a whole is necessary if we are to successfully combat the problem of cheating.

To do so, we must advocate for a broader view of assessment and the value of acknowledging multiple forms of intelligence beyond test results. Applicants feel the need to cheat on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCSE) because of the high stakes involved in passing the exam.

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