Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has issued a stern warning to what he termed as exam cartels after students were caught with mobile phones and large sums of money in Nairobi on day 2 of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
The CS warned the students and teachers planning to engage in any exam malpractice that the government will not have pity on them.
He disclosed that two students in Nairobi were on Monday morning arrested after being found in possession of mobile phones, while some were on Tuesday caught with large amount of money up to 200,000 shillings believed to be a bribe for exam cartels.
He however said that they were going to be lenient with them and allow them sit the exams.
Magoha further revealed that the ministry had managed to break a ring of what he described as crooks comprised of teachers, parents and students who were planning to steal the exams.
“I want to warn that any teacher who feels he or she is brave enough to open the examination papers before time, we shall know where you have done it and we shall come for you,” said Magoha.
He further added, “The children are not guilty, the guilty are the parents and mostly teachers some of whom are just crooks. We dismantled one of their cartels having arrested some of them, we have noticed that they have formed a new one. We are closely monitoring them and shall soon catch up with them,” he added.
About 831,015 form four students are sitting this year’s exams in 10,413 examination centers spread across the country with each exam center being manned by two police officers.
The number of candidates has increased by 78,034 signifying a 9.39% surge from the 752,981 candidates who sat the exams in 2020.
The CS said that students were well prepared for the exams with schools and teachers finishing their syllabus on time in readiness for the exams.
“I want to wish the candidates the very best in their exams and tell them that they should run away from Satan, don’t accept someone to send you things on phone. You don’t need an idiot to give you the wrong answers, a teacher who steals exams is not intelligent,” said Magoha.
Magoha also lauded the multiagency team especially the cooperation between his ministry and that of ICT and the Interior and Coordination ministry and other education stakeholders for delivering credible exams since 2016.
He further said that the government had deployed ten choppers on standby to deliver exam materials to areas with difficulty to access.