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Trouble for Private Schools After Ministry of Education Accused Them for Defrauding the Government

The Ministry of Education has launched an investigation to the public schools after they were suspected of registering 'ghost' students for both KCSE and KCPE examinations. Ghost students refers to those students who are registered by an institution for national exams but they do not sit for the exams.[Photo Courtesy]

Nairobi Regional Director of Education, Jared Otieno was addressing the directors of private schools when he made the allegations. He claimed that schools which usually register ghost students are always those that have a few number of students. The private schools usually have less number of students and that is why they decide to add their number.

The ghost students plays a big role for the schools to escape the government rule of not registering and institution with less students. For instance, the school might be having ten students but they add another 20 in order to reach the government threshold for the number of students needed to maintain and examination centre.

For that reason, Mr.Obiero has ordered all Sub County Education Directors to immediately start an investigation on this matter and file a report on the same. Additionally, they are expected to contact a fiscal and physical audit to the school's nominal roll as well as inspecting the learner's registration details issued by the Institutions.

The schools that will be found guilty of practicing the illegal act will be penalized for defrauding the government and wasting its resources. He added that this act is already an irregularity and when the school is found guilty they will be subjected to KNEC for them to take action.

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