November 16, 2018

15 teachers charged in court over exam cheating

Fifteen suspects were on Tuesday (6/11/18) arraigned in court for engaging in irregularities in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

Appearing before Ogembo Resident Magistrate Margaret Nafula, the suspects arrested at Monianku Secondary School in Gucha South, Kisii did not take a plea owing to incomplete investigations.

The suspects faced two charges of being in possession of examination material and aiding and abetting crime contrary to the Kenya National Examination Council Act.

Magistrate Nafula ordered that they be remanded at Nyamarambe Police Station until November 12, 2018 to pave way for investigations.

She further directed the prosecution supply documentary evidence in the case to the accused persons’ defense lawyer Kerosi Ondieki.

On Monday, 69 KCSE candidates failed to show up for exams in Nakuru County.

Seven candidates wrote their papers in hospital as security was beefed up in all centres.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed who led the opening of KCSE exam storage containers in Mombasa County yesterday, said the ministry was set to roll out a policy to curb teenage pregnancies in schools.

CS Mohamed also ordered quality assurance officers to furnish the ministry with reports on the state of teen pregnancies.

She stated that the rising number of candidates delivering during the national examinations was wanting and required immediate attention from all education stakeholders.

Mohamed said she would hold talks with her Health counterpart Sicily Kariuki to put up facilities in hospitals to be used by candidates sitting exams while seeking treatment.

Over 600,000 candidates on Monday began writing their KCSE exam countrywide, amid tight security to ensure the integrity of the test was not compromised.

The examination is set to continue until November 28, 2018.

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