‘Leaked KNEC Exams’: Parents Scammed Sh4m by Varsity Students via Telegram, WhatsApp
A month before the start of the national examinations, four students from Egerton University were detained in connection with exam fraud.
Three students, Kevin Anunda Mogaka, Francis Manyara Ogata, and Bravin Osano Ombongi, are scheduled to be charged before the Milimani law courts this morning.
At the same time, the fourth has become a State witness.
The three will be charged with conspiracy to deceive the public, publication of false information, and possessing stolen identification cards.
The students were detained after investigations by Knec and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
They allegedly operated 15 WhatsApp and Telegram profiles via which they collected cash from public members with the promise of providing them with leaked examination papers.
They asked for between Sh5,000 and Sh35,000. One group of this type observed by Nation has over 2,500 members.
According to the inspectors, the students had already put more than Sh4 million into two bank accounts, which the DCI has since closed.
Additionally, they were caught with many unauthorized ATM cards, national identity cards, and SIM cards.
However, Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) CEO David Njeng’ere allayed concerns regarding exam leaks by stating that all exam materials are secure. He advised students not to be deceived.
“In moments of anxiety, students can easily be cheated. The public needs to be aware that nobody has access to examination papers, and anyone purporting to do so is a con. Every candidate will get access to the papers at the same time on the examination day,” Dr Njeng’ere told the Daily Nation.
The junior high school Knec will give three exams between November and December of next year.
Prior to their transition to junior secondary school (JSS) in January of next year, the first cohort of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) will take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).
The dress rehearsal is slated for Friday, November 25, 2022, while the evaluation is scheduled for Monday, November 28, through Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
Standard 8 applicants will be assessed concurrently with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations. This is the second-to-last KCPE examination, as the final 8-4-4 cohort will finish primary school studies next year.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) tests will run from December 2, 2022, to December 23, 2022.
In addition, the overall number of candidates is projected to increase dramatically from the March 2021 edition. Approximately 1,214,031 candidates took the KCPE, while 826,807 candidates took the KCSE.