7 Wajir Officials Under Investigation For Exam Malpractice
Detectives are looking into seven officials after allegations of cheating in the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams at Eldas Boys Secondary School in Wajir County.
At 12:30 pm, detectives from Eldas Police Station got information and went to the classroom where Chemistry Paper One was being taken.
Following the test, the police searched the examination room and found three cell phones hidden within the lockers.
Three candidates' Samsung, Oppo, and Tecno mobile phones were found and also cell phones used by exam administrators were seized.
Additionally, the phones of two police constables were seized.
“All the phones are kept as exhibits waiting to be taken for analysis. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at Eldas police station is probing the matter,” a police signal read in part.
As the KLCSE tests began on Friday, an official cautioned that schools found to use unauthorsed mobile phones will be declared to have committed an examination irregularity.
According to Charles Ong'onda, CEO of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, this is one of the three warnings given to center administrators to ensure the integrity of the exam.
Only center managers are permitted to use their phones as candidates take their exams.
Other officers, such as supervisors, invigilators, and police officers, must turn over their devices to the center management and only retrieve them at the end of each day's testing.