KCSE Exam Leaks: Who Bears the Shame-Blame?


Source: by DN

I have stopped reading news about Jacob Kaimenyi for the same reason I tune out the frequent updates about Kenya’s economic slump. They are too damned depressing.

The arrest of two police officers in Kilifi plus over 70 students who are alleged to have played a role in KCSE exam leakage is not about to sooth anyone’s ears. Jacob Kaimenyi should own up to the mess in his department and stop playing to the gallery.

It is not enough to report that many of the culprits have been charged in court. What is the root cause of all this? What was the objective? Heads ought to roll at KNEC if not the entire ministry.

That the police unwrapped the exam containers, got snaps of them using their cell phones is something to ponder about. The syndicate must have involved several people right from KNEC, the police and eventually to the students

Perhaps Kaimenyi or someone at KNEC should tell Kenyans who and how exams are prepared and protected before it arrives at the exam centers. All mobile phone handsets are registered under their respective owners. Who sent the first snap through whatsapp and to whom? Once the chain is established, why not punish the source?

According to Kaimenyi, neither the ministry of education nor KNEC are to blame for exam leakage. He should throw off his chains and perform his maverick dance once more. It is Kaimenyi’s conventional interpretation.

The parliamentary committee blamed the police for the massive leakage of national exams while at the same time the police spokesperson Mr. Charles Owino made a rejoinder to the contrary. He absolved the police from any blame at all. So, are we saying nothing happened?

Meanwhile, no pictures or evidence has been released to indicate that the culprits have actually been punished according to the laws of the land. I am inclined to believe that Kaimenyi’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is a matter of his physical decline. Age is gradually catching up with him.

Kaimenyi’s powerful sense of dishonour is a surmise based on long term observations rather than hard evidence. To me, Kaimenyi seems to bear an unacknowledged burden. If I had to guess, I would say his burden was his shame over his poor handling of the recent teacher’s countrywide strike. His awful choice of logic fractures his sense of honour in extraordinary ways

When Kaimenyi succumbed to scrubbing school ranking in national exams and signed a confession of sycophancy, Jacob attempted suicide. If, as I suspect, Kaimenyi relieves his 2015 experience as a Cabinet Secretary coupled with shame on the scale of these KCSE irregularities, he cannot simply apologize to Kenyans.

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