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Exam cheating: It is time to deal with the real problem

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We are approaching the examinations season once again and, as usual, the issue of exam cheating and leakages is with us.

First we should separate the two issues: Cheating is the use of unorthodox means to gain an advantage in tackling an exam and is solely the responsibility of the person being examined.

Leakage, on the other hand, is the unauthorised release of the real exam before the official time, and is solely the responsibility of the examining body.

This year we are still being treated to the same circus of warnings, threats and promises by the authorities, but the sad fact is that there will definitely be cheating and leakages. Why? Because we are not dealing with the real problem.

So what exactly is the problem? To the non-discerning eye, exams are just about competition and or doing your best, but that is not entirely true.

In my view, cheating and leakages are here with us due to the premium that has been placed on exam results.

The government is arguably the biggest employer in the country. But if you closely look at the various schemes of service in the public service, which have also sadly been borrowed by the counties, they have clauses that insist on specific grades on specific subjects at KCSE, apart from one having a Diploma or a Bachelor’s degree.

It simply means that if you had some challenge at the time you were sitting your KCSE exam, however much you rise academically, you cannot be employed by the government.

The rules have victimised those deemed “poor” performers at KCSE.

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For some time, universities had been setting up programmes that can help those with “poor” KCSE results to advance according to their ability to the highest education level, but the government has re-introduced a roadblock for this group of people.

The national exams have been assumed to be some “standard” against which all the candidates in the country are tested.

But in real sense, it does not make sense at all. How do you subject poor rural children to the same “standard” as those who live in cities with water, security and electricity?

Secondly, there is the issue of teachers; some schools are overstaffed while others barely have any. Where is the fairness?

The question should be why the government is putting such a high premium on the KCSE results on one hand, yet on the other hand it doesn’t want candidates to achieve the set standard.

Just as leakages and cheating is bad, it’s equally unfair for the same government to set rules and regulations that discriminate against some of its citizens.

CORNELIUS OLIKO, Mombasa.



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Ford Kenya wrangles deepen Luhya Disunity: The Standard

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NairobiEvery time the Luhya community leaders have come to push for the unity of the region, members always ended up pulling towards the opposite directions.

“Ford Kenya! Simba, Ford Kenya, Usawa Haki na Ukweli (Equality Justice and Truth)” 
So they struggled to sing, with voices forcibly high but evidently laced with indefinite uncertainty. The heavy blows in the Party had threatened to squeeze life out of the lion party.
The party coup, has thrown their mantra in disarray. Both sides crying foul over inequality, injustices and mischief. 
Political struggles between the Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and his Senator Moses Wetangu’la seem to sink the boat, threatening to end the party in Ford Kenya.
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This situation now becoming just one of the countless futile efforts by the Mulembe nation to ‘unite’, a situation that has become an elephant in the luhya room. 
Every time the Luhya community leaders have come to push for the unity of the region, members always ended up pulling towards the opposite directions. 
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the tribe is the second most populous, just some steps behind the Kikuyu community.
However, notwithstanding this fact, when it comes to voting, their seven million population, never seem to add up in the political matrix. 
For more than four General Elections in the country, the Luhya community has been a house with different fathers. This being witnessed in recent turn of events. 
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The wrangles at Ford Kenya’s headquarters is the recent, among a myriad of unending divisions in the Luhya house, which has made them a laughing stock.
Recently, a faction in the Party led by Secretary General Dr. Eseli Simiyu launched a coup that ended at the Registrar of Parties’ office. This is after all sides claimed control of the Party.
These efforts, according to political pundits, will surely throw the region’s ambitions off the hook two years to the 2022 General polls.  
The latest circus has forced the lion party to be run from two centers. One at the Party’s official residence at Ole Dume road and the other at Radisson Blue hotel. 
In a recent rejoinder, the Moses Wetang’ula led camp belaboured on the reasons why they are the legitimate owners of the Party. 
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“Ford Kenya is still alive and is being run at its headquarters, “cried Chris Wamalwa, who later proclaimed himself the interim Party Secretary.

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This contradicting his previous statement that status quo remains in the party as directed by the Registrar of Parties, meaning Dr. Eseli Simiyu is the still the substantive Secretary.  
“He is a rebel! We cannot have power vacuum. That is why I now come in, “added Wamalwa. 
The sharp voiced Kiminini legislator who was lately ousted as Minority whip in the National Assembly had earlier mentioned that a communique from Anne Nderitu who is the Registrar of Parties had directed the stay of the status quo.
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 “The leadership of the Party remains as it is until the Registry makes a substantive decision on the Party wrangles, “said Wamalwa. 
 It first started after a group led by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and the Party’s Secretary General Dr. Eseli Simiyu, decided to change the Party Leadership.
The camp accused the Senator Wetangula of gross misconduct and failing to champion unity in the party.
“Party members have lost trust in the party leader hence the need to replace him to develop the party,” said Dr. Eseli during a press conference. 
The former Minority Leader in the Senate was also accused of failing to provide inspiring leadership to the party contrary to Clause 49 of the party’s constitution.
Also thrown out during the changes is party Organizing Secretary Chris Mandu in a meeting which Wetangula allies stormed out of the venue.
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In place, Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi was enthroned as the Party Leader, in an alleged special National Executive Council sitting.
Recently, the Wamunyinyi side said they had submitted a dully signed document to the Registrar of Parties of those members who approved Wetang’ula’s ouster.
The team however, blamed their counterparts of issuing threats on the legislators allied to the Wangamati side saying they would lodge a complaint to that effect.
“We are going to the Police immediately to launch a complaint over threats meted on our members. Some have even been subjected to physical assault,” lamented Dr. Eseli.
This comes as a meeting was also held in Kitale that declared Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa as the community spokesmen.
The blessings of Luhya elders, has essentially been touted to give an exit notice to the current regional kingpins.
Former Cabinet Ministers Muskari Kombo, Noah Wekesa and Fred Gumo as well as Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and Trans Nzoia Senator Michael Mbito also accompanied the duo on the tour.
“We want Oparanya and Wamalwa to be at the negotiating table and work with President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, we respect other leaders but if they digress, we shall just replace them like we have done and continue with our journey,” said Gumo.
Wamalwa and Oparanya said they would be meeting elders from all communities in the region to seek their blessings. 
“We have a mission to put together the people of western, and our mission is to ask our people to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in their efforts to unite the country,” Oparanya said.

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Matiangi: Report on reopening of churches ready, to be handed to Uhuru: The Standard

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NairobiThe CS says the report has been compiled after consulting various agencies with necessary Covid-19 data

Interior and Coordination CS Fred Matiang’i has said a report on whether to reopen churches or not is ready and will be handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta today.

Speaking on Friday after meeting religious leaders at KICD in Nairobi, Matiang’i who was accompanied by CSs George Magoha (Education) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health), said the report was compiled after engaging Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the University of Nairobi (UoN) schools of medicine and Kemri team who have got the Covid-19 data.
“After engaging JKUAT, UoN schools of medicine and Kemri team, and most importantly our security team, we have a report that will be handed over to President Uhuru,” he said.
Matiang’i (pictured) said the report will be handed over to Uhuru who will then inform the country on what next as far as reopening of our churches are concerned.
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“We have prepared a report but cannot divulge its details because we were sent by the President, we will hand it over to him.”
He said they had a consultative and fruitful meeting with religious leaders, adding that it is only through such consultations will the country move forward
Outgoing CITAM Bishop David Oginde said as the clergy, they are doing everything possible to support the government’s efforts to combat Covid-19.
He urged all religious leaders to take responsibility and make sure that the masses adhere to the Covid-19 containment measures.
“To win the war, everyone must take responsibility, and as religious leaders, we are buttressing the government’s efforts.”
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The government banned church services and mosque prayers in additional measures to combat the spread of coronavirus on March 22.
The National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) suspended all churches, mosques, and other religious gatherings over non-compliance of religious institutions to the social distance requirement.
The meeting comes ahead of June 6, a date on which the partial lockdown and dusk to dawn curfew were extended to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.

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134 more test positive for Covid-19 – Nairobi News

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health Dr Mercy Mwangangi on Friday announced that 134 more patients had tested positive for COVID-19 after the analysis of 3,177 samples in the last 24 hours.

CAS Mwangangi, speaking during the daily briefings at Afya House in Nairobi, said 131 of the new cases are Kenyans while 3 are foreigners, making up 98 males and 24 females.

The cases were recorded in various counties such as Mombasa (67), Nairobi (31), Busia (15), Machakos (5), Taita Taveta (4), Kilifi 2, Kiambu 2, Nakuru 2, Garissa 1, Kericho 1 and Kajiado 1.

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The CAS further stated that 51 patients had since been discharged from various health centres, bringing the total number of recoveries to 643.

She, however, stated that one patient had died in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of fatalities to 79.

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