Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) has put in place strict regulations and penalties that will affect both candidates and examination administrators found culpable of examination irregularities.
This comes as students in form four, class eight and grade six prepare for national exams in the month of November.
Some of the guidelines put in place include candidates not being allowed any extra time while sitting for KCPE and KCSE tests.
Further, no phone communication will be allowed during exams. Candidates, supervisors, invigilators or headteachers will not enter an examination room with phones or other electronic devices.
This will be coupled with prohibition of any form of communication between candidates and strangers within or outside the school compound.
Any form of misbehavior by candidates will be treated as an attempt to cheat in the examinations.
Additionally, candidates who will engage in any form of misconduct or cause disturbance in, or near the examination room will be punished.
Candidates who will expose their question answers to fellow students will also be punished.
They are advised not to leave a sheet of paper they have written on or their answers in such a position that another candidate can read them.
Any candidate who will be in possession of any made note will be in contradiction with the new guidelines.
Breaking these guidelines will attract hefty punishment and penalties. For instance anyone who will gain access to examination material and revealing the contents, whether orally or in writing, to an unauthorized party will attract a penalty or a fine not exceeding Sh2 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both.
Additionally, any person who maliciously damage examination material will attract imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding Sh5 million or both.
Impersonation will also be punished and if the impostor is a student, they will be prohibited from taking an examination conducted by or on behalf of Knec for three years.
Committing this offense will attract imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding two million shillings or both.
A candidate who commits an assessment irregularity in any paper, the results for the whole subject will be cancelled.
If an assessment centre will have widespread anomalies the assessment results for the entire centre will be cancelled.
This was revealed during a meeting with all chief examiners of Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE).