The Ministry of Education has deregistered a school in Gilgil, Nakuru County over examination misconduct. St Theresa Girls Senior School has as a result been directed to submit its registration certificate to the ministry without delay.
The conclusion was communicated to the school by Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, minutes after TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia made a spontaneous visit to the school during the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
According to Dr Kipsang, the deregistration takes effect on December 1. Sources at the ministry said the school’s principal was found accountable for the opening examination materials before time.
It is believed that this was a calculated attempt to hamper with the examination material and share it with students in advance. Teachers were also found schooling KCSE candidates at the school last week against the Ministry of Education rules.
The offences are said to have been committed last week between Thursday November 9 and Friday November 10. The teachers were also found in the school, which is an examination centre, differing to a ministry order that prohibited their presence during exams hours.
It has also been ascertained that some teachers at the school are not registered with the Teachers Service Commission.
In the letter addressed to the school principal and copied to the Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr Fred Matiang’i and the Nakuru County director of education, Dr Kipsang said the decision was in accordance with the Basic Education Act, 2013.
“By copy of this letter, you are ordered to hand over the present certificate of your school to the county education board secretary who is also the county director of education, Nakuru, with immediate effect,” he stated, further instructing the school principal to inform parents of the school of the ministry’s decision. The decision does not affect the 37 candidates sitting this year’s KCSE exams as they will be allowed to complete their tests.