Education officials on Wednesday,
November 6, arrested 26 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
candidates after they were discovered cheating in the ongoing national test.
During the bust, at least 35 mobile
phones were confiscated at St. Teresa Boys’ Primary School, in Eastleigh,
The hero of the operation, which
was spearheaded by DCI detectives, was a female chief stationed in the area.
The administrator, Jawahir Musa, had
discovered that the candidates were hiding the mobile phones between their
“Jawahir was bold enough to
recover the phones that had been hidden between the legs of the learners,”
education minister, Prof. George Magoha, said in Nairobi on Friday.
The cabinet secretary made the
revelations when he made an impromptu visit to St. George’s Girls’ High School during
Chemistry practical exam.
“I will personally intercede
on her [chief’s] behalf and tell the president to consider her for a promotion.
We are sending a strong message that there is a prize for being truthful and
patriotic,” said Magoha.
The minister urged examination
supervisors to be firm while frisking candidates to ensure they do not enter
exam rooms with illegal materials.
“If you are going to frisk
somebody gently, you will not find them; you have to be aggressive,” he said, referring
to candidates hiding illegal materials during an examination.
Twenty six out of the 154 private
candidates, who wrote the test at St. Teresa Boys’ Primary School in Eastleigh,
are set to be charged for examination malpractice.