Speaking at Kiuu River Secondary School, CS Prof George Magoha stated that the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination is going well.
“I would like to thank all the teachers, stakeholders and security personnel for doing an excellent job in ensuring that the national examinations are being carried out extremely well, without any hitches,” said Magoha.
According to the CS, only a few people have been arrested for examination cheating in the ongoing KCSE examination.
“One case was caught in Airport View School in Garissa, where Mary Muthui, a teacher, was caught taking a picture of an examination paper. Another case was in Garbatula in Isiolo.
The two are already in police custody and will serve as a deterrent to others with similar intentions, according to the Education CS.
Security officers manning examinations in Isiolo have been put on high alert following an incident on Monday in which four teachers, including the principal, were arrested on suspicion of assisting examination malpractice.
Evans Achoki, the Eastern Regional Commissioner, stated that security teams in the region are focused on delivering credible exams.
“I urge all those involved to cooperate for a credible examination. There must be honesty in the national examinations. The certificate must reflect the true abilities of a learner. We want our certificates to be respectable worldwide,” Mr Achoki said in Meru town after supervising the collection of KCSE papers.
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Kinna Secondary School principal Simon Guyo, supervisor Safia Adan, and invigilators Hassan Wario, Muktar Galgalo Ali, Caroline Kendi, and Ali Hussein Godana were all arrested on Monday for allegedly assisting cheating.
Four cellphones, two of which contained exam materials, were discovered hidden in a toilet.
He issued a stern warning to those planning to cheat in the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, stating that the law will take its course.
The CS stated that the government, through the Ministry of Interior, has tightened security measures in all examination centers to ensure that those caught cheating are arrested and prosecuted in court as soon as possible.
According to the CS, the use of cell phones has become so prevalent during this examination.
“ The greatest enemy during this examination is the cellphone, the security officers must be going to the toilet regularly to check if the examination centre managers and students have hidden cell phones there for the purpose of exam cheating,” he said.
For instance –, he stated that security officers confiscated several cell phones at a center in Kakuma, Turkana County, where a large number of candidates were taking exams.
Prof Magoha also cautioned against people impersonating candidates in order to take the exam on their behalf.
Since the exam began on Monday, three cases of impersonation involving university students, parents, and exam center managers have been reported.
The students are taking English paper three in the morning and Chemistry paper one in the afternoon.
He stated that based on what has occurred in the last two days, the examination has been running smoothly.