, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 25 – Two more Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination candidates have been arrested with exam materials in Mombasa County.
Mombasa police boss Kipkemboi Rop says the students were arrested with questions in Friday’s Biology paper while in the exam room.
“We have taken into custody two students who had the exam questions after it was brought to our attention.”
“The students in question were found with questions in a mobile device and we will keep them until they can tell us their origin,” said Kipkemboi.
The Mombasa Police added that they further confiscated two mobile phones that contained the examination data.
The arrest comes two days after four candidates in the same county were arrested with KCSE examination papers.
The four KCSE candidates were on Wednesday charged in a Mombasa court for being in possession of examination materials after they were found in possession of English Paper 2 at the Chandaria Hall.
They were also charged for being in possession of a mobile phone inside an examination room, contravening the regulations governing national examinations.
The students all denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo and were released on bond of Sh50,000 or an alternative cash bail of Sh30,000 each until December 6 when their case will be heard.
Mombasa County Director of Education Abdikadir Kike stated that examination officials are on higher alert to deal with cases of cheating.
“We are all united in the opinion that candidates should not cheat during their examinations. We want students to produce honest results which they have not been helped by anyone to achieve. It is immoral to cheat in the examinations,” he said.
He further called on the public to be cautious of people selling fake examination papers.
“The KNEC Act stated that cheating is a very serious offence. This includes three years imprisonment for those who have been found guilty. So we are encouraging every candidate not to be drawn into this vice,” he said.
The lawyer representing two of the candidates Jared Magolo told the court the two had travelled from Garissa to Mombasa to sit for the examinations and applied for bond for the two to continue with their exams.
KNEC officials said they were on high alert in regions likely to engage in examination cheating identifying Kisumu, Garissa, Nairobi, Eldoret, Nakuru, Mombasa and Mandera as the potential cheating areas.