KCPE, KCSE Exam Cons On The Rise As Schools Closes Ahead of National Exams
As schools closed for the year, parents and guardians gathered to pick up their children.
The majority of students were dropped off at Nairobi by their school buses.
Schools close before the national examinations scheduled to begin on November 28 for KCPE and from December 1 to December 23 for KCSE.
Primary schools will administer the national assessment for the pioneer cohort of the competency-based curriculum during the same time frame.
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu vowed to combat exam irregularities in upcoming national examinations.
As students prepare for national exams scheduled for November 28, 2022, the number of con artists claiming to have exam papers is on the rise.
The plan of a second-year student at the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology to profit from desperate parents and students failed.
The young man was apprehended and arraigned in a Nairobi court after being accused of selling fake national examination papers through his Telegram account, which has over 20,000 followers.
In addition, the university student was accused of using a fictitious name, Professor James or Professor David, in an attempt to convince unwitting buyers of the legitimacy of the papers.
In addition, the young man was accused of illegally obtaining an East African Community passport and two national identification cards without his name.
He denied the allegations and was released on a cash bail of Ksh500,000.
Notably, the arrest occurred after three other Egerton University students were charged with obtaining millions of dollars from parents and students under the pretense of having access to national exam papers.
Kenyans were duped by a trio operating from the main campus using social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Telegram. They also used false names to impersonate professors.
“During the raid, detectives recovered six mobile phones, eight identity cards, and ATM cards all linked to fraudulent Telegram and bank accounts,” detectives noted.
Consequently, the Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announced that detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will be incorporated into the strategy to prevent exam leaks via the internet.
According to Machogu, the DCI will monitor social media before and during exam periods.
“We are here to give an assurance to the country that we are well prepared for this year’s examinations,” the CS affirmed.