Ministry of Education CS Professor George Magoha, on Tuesday, April 6, badly embarrassed a journalist over his comment on the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
The unidentified scribe has asked CS Magoha to comment on the increasing cases of irregularities in the ongoing KCSE exams.
A fuming professor did not take the journalist’s question too kindly and wondered if the journalist had a good understanding of the English language.
“What do you mean, notorious? This fellow doesn’t understand English. There is nothing that has happened,” Magoha said.
Speaking to journalists at the end of day 6 of KCSE, the CS explained that he is the one who had opened the examination container at that examination center where he was briefing the media.
He went ahead and told the journalist to tell him if he had seen any signs of safety breach.
The tough-talking CS further asked the journalist to conduct further research before making superficial reports could create tension among candidates, parents, and other education stakeholders.
“Can you go back to your research? You will find that this is a very good year. Do you get the point?” he asked.
The CS added that there were only fewer than 20 individuals arrested so far, and that could not entirely be referred to as multiple irregularities.
In the first week of the 2021 KCSE, 18 people were arrested for selling fake examination papers to unsuspecting candidates and parents.
Similarly, eight candidates from several centers were reported to have been found with mobile phones inside the examination rooms.
The latest arrest related to examination cheating was reported on Tuesday, April 6, where a school principal was arrested for allegedly sharing a KCSE mathematics paper on her Whatsapp status.
Betta Mutuku, who is also a chief national examiner, was arrested by the Machakos DCIO Rhodah Kanyi and her phone confiscated.