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Masterminds of exam leakage arrested, due in court

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed says the two were nabbed Wednesday during a multi-agency operation between the Kenya National Examinations council and the police/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Two suspects alleged to be key masterminds in examinations leakage during the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations are expected in court on Thursday following their arrest.

According to Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, the two were nabbed Wednesday night during a multi-agency operation between the Kenya National Examinations council (KNEC) and the police.

She revealed that the suspect who are responsible for irregularities over the last two years are expected to face various charges.

“I am this morning happy to announce the two of the greatest masterminds of the early exposure ring are now in the custody of KNEC and security officials. The two were hunted last night after a long and meticulous investigative process,” she stated.

She was speaking during a press conference where she emphasised the commitment of her ministry to ensure credible exams.

“I wish to promise that these two suspects who are expected in court today must serve to show that the existing stringent examination measures will net all cheats,” she said.

“We expect these suspects to face the full force of the law in a manner that will send a perfect signal and warning to evil minded people that their days are numbered and that all their efforts will come to naught,” she said.

She stressed that there will be no mercy against anyone intent on messing up the lives of innocent children.

She warned teachers who involved in the early exposure of exams that they will be arrested and prosecuted.

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“I also wish to direct all centre managers and examination officials of all centres to ensure they abide with all examination guidelines issued to them and they must do this to the letter,” she said.

“Particularly, I wish to remind them that our countrywide monitoring teams have over the last three days noted a few missteps that must be corrected immediately. All school gates must be kept wide open throughout the day’s examination hours to allow ease of monitoring.”

She pointed out that “centre managers must not allow any unauthorized teachers or staff including secretaries and clerks to hand around the precincts of the school compounds during the examination season.”

She also stated that teachers whose houses are used for any illegal purpose will be sent away and their houses will be closed as crime scenes until investigations are over and they will also be prosecuted.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has commenced disciplinary action against errant teachers of a school in Kisii, after an attempt to cheat in the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations.

The Commission’s Chief Executive Nancy Macharia said seven teachers and a school principal are already facing action.

Capital FM News reliably established that a Chemistry paper had been sneaked out of the examination room but was quickly confiscated when the attempt to compromise the exam occurred at Monianku Secondary School.

Sixteen teachers and security officials involved in an attempt to compromise the examinations at Monianku Secondary School in Nyamira were also arrested and charged.

Amina however stated that she believes that her ministry has carried out a credible exercise since the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams began.

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Speaking at Athi River in Machakos County early today when she supervised the opening of the examination materials, she said her ministry has tested the systems, regulations and procedures it has put in place and they are working.

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