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BY NAMULOMNGO PETER,NAIROBI,8TH AUG 2018-Parents will need to be careful when their children bring home a grade A or B from their O level examinations.This is after education ministry discovered that exam cheats have invented a new form of exam cheating .
Education CS Amina Mohamed on Wednesday revealed the fraud after the ministry established that some students had altered their second term grades.
Many such cases, she said, have been reported to field officers in counties.
Ms Mohamed now wants parents to confirm their children’s marks with teachers.
She said she regretted that students in secondary schools are determined to cheat “at all costs”.
“We must discourage this practice at all cost,” said Ms Mohamed.
The fraud, hatched by poor-performing students and executed in cyber cafes with the help of techies, targets gullible and unsuspecting parents.
How it is implemented
A student who scores a poor grade goes into the cyber, gets the report card scanned then edited in a vector graphics-editing software such as CorelDRAW.
With such a software, one is able to change scores without interfering with key credibility features such as school rubber stamps and teachers’ signatures.
From a dim D- (minus) awarded by teachers, one can easily go home with a shining B+ (plus), thanks to technology.