Twelve people were Tuesday arrested by the police after they were found stealing exams.
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Police manning the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at Shikokho Secondary School in Ikolomani Sub County while acting on a tipoff ambushed them at the teachers’ quarters while working out answers.
The twelve, two teachers, a supervisor, the centre manager and eight invigilators were with KCSE exam papers while compiling answers for students who were sitting for the paper in the afternoon.
One of the teachers is on the run since he managed to escape.
Two of the twelve were arrested at the scene of crime which is a rental house belonging to one of the teachers, a few metres from the School.
Area Deputy County Commissioner, Elizabeth Atemi, said they went to the school after they were told that the teachers have been helping students steal exams.
“We received information that two teachers from the school were hiding in a house near the school and were suspected to be writing answers for the students who were in the examination room,” said Ms. Atemi.
Ms Atemi said they recovered photocopies of exam papers where some papers contained worked out answers.
“We also recovered papers that had been done the previous day including Geography papers. Geography and Agriculture textbooks and mobile phones were also found at the scene an indication that something wrong was going on,” said Ms Atemi.
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She added: “Following preliminary investigations, we found out that one of the mobile phones had messages with leaked exam questions. The syndicate involves different stakeholders that were in constant communication with the suspects.”
Ms. Atemi said investigations into the matter had been launched and more arrests are likely to be made.
She said following the incident, they have fast-tracked replacement of invigilators, supervisors and the centre manager so that ongoing exams at the school are not disrupted as investigations continue, saying they are also monitoring over 30 exam centers over possible exam malpractices.
“We have deployed more officials from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and police officers to man the 30 centres,” said Ms Atemi.
She said the suspects who were arrested are in custody to assist in investigation process and that they will be arraigned in court when investigations are over.
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