4 East African nations form association to fight exam cheating

(EBC; April 1, 2019) - East African countries have formed at association called the “The Eastern Africa Association for Educational Assessment” that aims at consolidation efforts to fight against examination cheating that has become so rampant in schools across the region.

Countries on board include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.

According to an official from the board, the association is expected to simplify the availability of academic information for student’s studying within the East African region, serve as a platform for educationalists to carry out research, share their skills, experience and knowledge.

Further, each president of the association is expected to serve a three year term in office, with Tanzania’s National Examinations Council (NECTA) Executive Secretary, Dr Charles Msonde, serving the honour of being the first president.

In his new committee, South Sudan’s Simon Deng will serve as Vice President, Uganda’s Dr Dan Odongo, as the Secretary General while Kenya’s Dr Mercy Karogo as the Treasurer.

Speaking prior to his election, Dr Msonde pointed out that the association was formed so that they as East Africans can jointly work together to curb down the increasing rate of examination Mal practice across the region and also share skills and experiences and skills.

“Apart from examination cheating and theft, we are also looking forward to sharing experiences and skills in combating irregularities in supervising examinations,” said Dr. Msonde

He added that this joint collaboration among East Africans will ease the recognition of educational qualifications within the member countries.