Weeks after the Kenya National Examination Council saw the possibility of making millions after the release of the KCPE results, they are ready as a hawk to scoop more millions from the release of the KCSE exams.
KNEC just made a killing from the Wednesday KCSE exams release. Candidates and parents countrywide were in anticipation, anxiously waiting to find out how they had performed.
An SMS code was provided by the KNEC where parents and candidates could find out their results in real-time. But one thing has escaped the attention of most Kenyans, they were being ripped off through the shortcode.
Every SMS is charged KSH 25 to access the results, with excitement to receive the results in real-time Kenyans swarm in like flies keying in index numbers and hitting the send button.
Come to think of it, a total of 699, 745 students sat for the KCSE exams this year, making it a lucrative business for KNEC during the exam release.
If each candidate had a parent requesting the results it would amount to 17,493,625 filling the KNEC accounts.
According to the business daily, most people who send the text said that they didn’t receive the results on the first trial and got them on the second and the third trial.
But with the curiosity, each student could have at least three SMSes sent tripling the amount to Sh52,480,875. This amount could even go higher if you factor in relatives and friends who seek to know how their loved ones performed.
Taking advantage of candidates, parents and guardians anxiety to make a killing goes to show how far greed by those in high positions in government have convoluted the system to keep feeding their money lust.
As the country grapples with theft of public resources which has been christened corruption in efforts to normalize the vice, KNEC’s SMS platform is another form albeit carefully thought through and unleashed when the minds of Kenyans are distracted by the results’ release.
KNEC has for the past few years been utilizing technology to avail these results but it seems that the move is to profit the body at the expense of these pupils, students, and parents