The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association has attributed zero cases of cheating in the just concluded National Term One Games to the introduction of National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) as its latest weapon in the fight to end the vice at School Championships.
Among the raft of measures introduced to stem age cheating and impersonation early this year, schools were required to enter the student’s Unique Personal Identifier (UPI) onto a special team list alongside other details before they could be allowed to compete.
According to KSSSA Secretary General David Ngugi, no incident or appeal has been reported to the association so far in regard to the term one games held in Mombasa last week because “it was easy to retrieve details” of the presented players from NEMIS including the learner’s photograph.
“After introducing UPI as our method to end school games cheating early this year we can proudly say the system is bearing fruits because there was no cases in the national competition. We were very keen because we want fair competition during school games,” he told Citizen Digital.
Ngugi however revealed that there are some private schools which have not adopted the system urging them to do so ahead of the Term Two Games.
“During regional and other lower levels there were few cases of age cheating and in term two we will be very keen on that,” he said. “Some of the private schools have not adopted the system and we are telling them it is a must because it is a new rule from the Ministry of Education,” he added.
Also this time round, schools were only required to field two of three foreign players at any given time of the matches, a move KSSSA said was aimed at giving Kenyan youth an opportunity to showcase their talents.
KSSSA also limited the number of players that a school can transfer from another school. Consequently, no school is allowed to transfer more than two players from another (same) school.
Meanwhile, Term Two games which include football U16 & U19, volleyball and racket games will be held in Kisumu early August while East African fiesta is penciled for August 14-26 in Arusha, Tanzania.