Fake KNEC Examiner Charged For Evaluating Candidates
On Monday, a court in Eldoret heard that a man posing as a trained teacher and employee of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) evaluated Grade Four and Standard Eight pupils attending schools in Uasin Gishu county for around one week without being detected as a fraud.
As a result, Ignatius Nyongesa was charged with impersonating.
The ‘teacher,’ who claimed to teach at Moi Girls High School in Eldoret, was unmasked by the headteachers of the affected institutions.
William Chebor, principal of Sorngetuny Primary School, informed Eldoret Chief Magistrate Onkoba Mogire that the accused possessed all identifying documents, including one from KNEC.
He posed as an examination officer and oversaw practical examinations at the school of Mr. Chebor.
He provided testimony against Mr. Nyongesa.
In addition to other schools in Uasin Gishu, the accused evaluated Standard Eight applicants at Ruiyobei Primary School in Tembelio, Moiben sub-county.
“We became suspicious about the behaviour of the teacher, who used to commute from one school to another and was not using a government vehicle as expected of senior employees of KNEC,” a witness told the court.
Following their intuition, the suspicious headteachers called the county education board chairwoman, Prof. Joseph Lelan, who in turn contacted the Moi Girls High School principal at the time, Christine Chumba, who disputed that the man was a teacher at her school.
The accused’s motivation was not readily determined.
After determining that he was a false KNEC officer, the school heads of the impacted schools notified police at the Tembelio station, who subsequently apprehended the culprit.
He was accused with impersonating a KNEC official in violation of Criminal Penal Code section 105.
He was released on a Sh100,000 bond with a Sh100,000 surety after denying the charges.
The matter will continue to be heard on December 7.