Online platforms have been flooded with disturbing images and videos of supposedly the 2018 Kenya certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, candidates in celebratory mood after sitting for their final papers. The images and videos that have been circulating in online platforms are indeed worrying, considering the choice of words and messages carried in them.
The Ambira boys video, that went viral yesterday, has attracted the wrath of the police who allegedly moved to the school today to carry out further investigations. In the video, the boys hurl unprintable words to the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Amina Mohammed, and her Interior Counterpart, Dr. Fred Matiang’i. The boys who sound incensed by the Ministry of Education’s tough regulations on the administration of the 2018 KCSE exams tease the two ministers that they cheated in the examinations.
Meanwhile Ambira boys principal, Mr. Thomas Odhiambo Kogola, has, today (Friday 23rd November 2018, recorded a statement with the Siaya police. The principal says he saw a clip on the social media where by students were using vulgar languages against CS Education Ambassador Dr. Amina Mohamed and CS Interior Dr. Fred Matiang’i.
They further alleged that they cheated in the ongoing examinations, Siaya County Education team, subcounty education officials. It was established that about 150 form 4 candidates most of them who had finished their arts examinations assembled at the waste dumping side close to the fence behind the classes.
They lit fire christened ‘Academic Fire burning waste papers’, dancing and using vulgar language against CS Education, Amina Mohamed, and Interior CS, Dr. Fred Matiang’i. The Principal was able to identify the students, among the ones who participated in the incident, as follows:
1. Opiyo Brantley Owino form 4B,
2. Hongo Steven form 4Y,
3. Barry Oduor Odhiambo form 4W,
4. Odhiambo Ralph Lauren form 4Y,
5. Omondi Joshua Otieno form 4Y,
6. Edwin Omondi form 4B,
7. Clinton Oduor Onyango form 4G and
8. Lavin Jude Ombago.
Further it is confirmed that there was no examinations cheating reported during the period in the school. Incident under investigations and a progress report to follow.
See the disturbing images and videos of the KCPE and KCSE candidates, trending online for all the wrong reasons.
Photos- Nasty and worrying things done by candidates immediately after their final exams
Below- Videos of the 2018 candidates in ecstatic mood after dispensing with their exams.
These latest developments come after Dr. Amina castigated parents for neglecting their parenting responsibilities. Below is part of the statement by Dr. Amina Mohammed, during the release of this year’s KCPE examination results on Monday 19th November 2018;
“Over the three days of KCPE , the country woke up to the reality that the rate of
teenage pregnancies in the country is puzzlingly high. Initial reports suggested that only
about 9 cases of births involving candidates took place during the three days of KCPE.
To understand the depth of this national crisis, I ordered the Quality Assurance and
Standards Directorate in the Ministry to work with relevant departments and give me a
report for further action. Although the team has yet to finalise its report, preliminary
statistics show that the magnitude of the problem is far bigger than we had initially
thought. We are staring a national challenge in the face. I have directed the team to
expand the scope of their analysis to complete the survey in all the primary and
secondary schools in the country across a three year period (2016-2018).
I wish to caution the country that the problem of under-age pregnancies must not be
viewed as a burden of the Ministry of Education alone. We broke the silence. It is a
multi-sectoral challenge that calls for concerted efforts across a broad spectrum of
players for it to be stemmed. The law is clear on defilement. And no one is above the
We are dealing with a complex issue and will work with all relevant government agencies
to effect the urgent changes required. The Teachers Service Commission has taken firm
and decisive action against teachers found culpable of defiling learners.
There is also a standing Ministerial team finalizing standard operating procedures to be
rolled out in schools to increase safety and security. We must and will make schools safe
and secure zones for every child in this country.
In addition, I call on parents, guardians and members of the community to play their
role in inculcating good behavior and protecting children. We must reject the
individualism of child responsibility and honour the wisdom of our ancestors that it takes
a village to raise a child. We all have a responsibility to protect these children.”
A lot needs to be done to salvage the young generation.
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