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I recently read some news online about how the CS of Education, Amina Mohamed was keen on doing a crackdown on all clandestine things that have to do with the national examinations that begun last month. In the recent years before kcse 2016, the number of students that were cheating in exams was almost as high as the sky. This craze had become almost uncontrollable.

Why Do Kenya Students Cheat?

A lot of people in Kenya think that high-academic morality in kcse is present in all schools, especially the ones that often take the top scores. Academic cheating is rampant throughout both public and private institutions.

Top or bottom performing, all schools have that group of people that are more likely to cheat in exams. Whether they are caught with phones or sharing answers or checking from the textbook while in the washroom, students will really go the extra mile to ensure they successfully cheat in their exams.

The reason why students cheat in exams is because in a lot of cases either the student has not been preparing for the examination and they think they can outsmart the teacher by cheating their way out of it.

This lack of preparedness is due to things like procrastination and ignorance.

Students in Kenya also receive tons of pressure from the teachers and parents to pass in their exams that they often feel inadequate and hence they resort to cheating.

Additionally, some schools lack the basic labs and libraries that are required to help the student prepare in kcse.

How can cheating be stopped KCSE Cheating?

There have been efforts by the government to stop exam cheating in Kenya. Among the measures put in place for this have been jail terms and fines.

Students papers should also be subjected to plagiarism checks by teachers after being handed in.


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