Teachers, Students Arrested in Exam Cheating Swoop

Exam cheating 2A secondary school director, two teachers and five university students have been arrested over examination irregularities. Authorities also netted 30 mobile phones during the swoop.

Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) Chief Executive Officer Joseph Kivilu yesterday said one candidate has also been arrested and charged in court. He however, dismissed the examination papers in circulation as fake and warned candidates to stay away from such material.

Kivilu said the council security team has verified and found that the true copies of most of the papers in circulation are still at the printer outside the country and asked candidates not to be fooled. He said the rest of the fake papers are mock examination papers from previous years that have been branded by fraudsters to confuse candidates.

“Every year, Knec reviews examinations and makes marking schemes for the same. We have established that the examination papers in circulation are far from the real questions that we offer,” said Kivilu. Addressing the media in his office, Kivilu said the fraudsters are using WhatsApp to supply the fake questions. He said four students from Kenyatta University and another one from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology were arrested while attempting to send papers to various candidates.

“The students are at Kasarani Police Station waiting to be charged today (Wednesday),” he said. Kivilu said a director of another school in Kiambu was also arrested with advance instructions for Biology practicals on his mobile phone. Another teacher from Kiambu was arrested while in possession of Chemistry practicals that he had sent through WhatsApp to another teacher in the same county. “Both were arrested and charged,” he said. He said a teacher from Ridgeways was arrested for possessing extracts of Biology practicals on WhatsApp.

 

 

Credit: StandardMedia/Kenya

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