A video of a person claiming to be a top student admitting to manipulation during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams resurfaced on Saturday, January 21 – a day after the release of the 2022 KCSE results.
The viral video widely shared on Twitter, Tiktok, Facebook and even WhatsApp platforms captured the person admitting to rig the exams during an interview on Citizen TV.
A fact check performed by TBEN.co.kehowever, classified the video as misleading. Work was being done to damage the credibility of the Kenya National Examination Council and that of the Ministry of Education.
The original interview took place on April 23, 2022, after the then Secretary of the Cabinet of Education, George Omore Magoha, released the KCSE results for 2021.
A screenshot of Victoria Rubadiri and Jeriel Ndeda, a top student in the 2021 KCSE exams released on April 23, 2022.
Victoria Rubadiri interviewed a top student, Jeriel Neda Obura, from Mang’u High School, who scored an A with an average score of 87,167 points.
“I’ve always believed in myself, but honestly I didn’t believe I would lead the country,” he told Rubadiri.
“I want to train in medicine and maybe specialize in orthopedics so I can one day become a leader in the field,” he added.
In the edited video, a person who edited Ndeda out of the clip and filled in his own likeness claimed that he used his cell phone to access leaks for KCSE exams.
“I can’t lie, I wasn’t shocked. For me personally, it was a bit difficult because I had to stay up late after the preparations to make sure my phone was always charged,” he said in the edited video.
“The next day I had to wake up really early to make sure I got the spill on time,” the stranger added.
Further, Rubadiri did not applaud him after admitting to allegations of malpractice, as widely noted in the manipulated video.
In the 2021 KCSE results, Ndeda was the top in the country, followed by Mukuha Timothy Kamau from Alliance High School with an average score of 87.139 and Job Ngara from Mang’u High School with an average score of 87.116.
However, in the 2022 KCSE results, Education CS did not name the top candidates. In the results released by Machogu on Friday, January 20, 1,140 candidates obtained an overall A grade in the KCSE 2022 exams compared to 1,138 in 2021.
173,345 applicants scored C+ and above, reaching the minimum college admission rate.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu meets with members of Igembe on Thursday, January 18, 2023
Ministry of Education