The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, examinations are maned by the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, of Kenya. According to the KNEC act, of 2012, tough guidelines have been stipulated to safeguard the integrity of the National tests. Below are some of the malpractices and respective penalties, if found guilty:
- Unauthorized possession of examination papers, materials or information: Leads to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or a fine not exceeding Kshs. 2 million, or both.
- A person found unlawfully altering/ changing contents on KNEC materials e.g photos, marks, exam number: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding Kshs. 1 million or both
- Misusing or misplacing examination papers/ materials: Imprisonment to a term not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding Kshs. 5 million or both.
- Impersonation: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or a fine of Kshs. 2 million or both
- Copying during an exam: Disqualified from taking the entire examination and prohibited from taking an examination for a period not exceeding 3 years.
- Presentation of a forged certificate, exam slip, exam statement during employment or admission: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding Kshs. 1 million or both.
- Counterfeiting of certificates and diplomas: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or a fine of Kshs. 10 million or both.
Download the KNEC Act-2012 for more details.
Stay safe, do not engage in examination malpractices!