A lot of stories and rumors have been spreading since new cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi took office. First was rumor that Matiangi had directed university heads to set new merit exam more of practical for all 2015 K.C.S.E candidates before admission as part of changes in new proposed curriculum. Things are even getting worse for 2015 KCSE candidates as JKUAT IT expert, Charles oseko has invested an exam cheating software detector to be used in admission of all students. While demonstrating how the software works in JKUAT assembly hall, Charles said that the software will know those who cheated in exams by using advanced artificial intelligence.
Almost similar system is used by CIA to investigate crimes in US. An this is how it works. The person being tested sits in front of a computer and uses a chin rest to stabilize his or her head. After being calibrated to the optical scanner, the person answers a series of true/false questions.Throughout this polygraph data is recorded which includes persons breathing speed, person’s pulse,pupillary changes and person’s perspiration.Sometimes polygraph may record data like leg and arm movements. Then polygraph examiner looks at the graph movements, faster heartbeats,perspiration and blood pressure means the person is cheating.
Only authorized personnel can access the report through a Web browser or mobile device to view individual tests and the Converus Credibility Score in polygraph. This score is the probability that the person was truthful.
The accuracy of system is 90percent meaning it is not all accurate but if it can stop 90 percent of cheating cases then it will be greatest achievements given horror we saw in last year 2015 KCSE exams.
The ministry of education is in advanced stages of finalizing how the software will be implemented before admitting candidates to universities. The software however can be used in work places and interviews to determine whether a person is speaking the truth.
Now we ask our readers can such directive stop exam cheating in Kenya?? I know some candidates are now wetting their bottoms. But the problem are not the students but the system for education in Kenya. Keep dropping your comments