Over a long period of time, Kenya has been struggling to carb exam cheating among students. But has this been achieved?
While Dr Fred Matiang’i was heading the education ministry, he did his level best to bend exam cheating, but the problem is still there.
Just recently, Kenya made the headlines for producing the world’s best teacher. It is in the news again, this time for the wrong reason.
It is described as a hotbed of academic dishonesty, where jobless graduates are minting millions of shillings writing thesis and term papers for students in the United Kingdom.
According to the British media, doctorate candidates pay £2,000 (Sh264,000) to £6,000 for dissertations.
“Kenya is the hotbed where the writing happens. There is high unemployment and a job working from home is coveted. They have good English and low overheads,” Dr Thomas Lancaster, a senior fellow at Imperial College, London, was quoted by the British press as saying.
“There are thousands of people in Kenya whose job is to write essays for cheating students. There are several writers in every apartment block,” he added.