Multi-agency team apprehended a Zetech University student who was allegedly selling fake Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers.
The suspect was led into a trap that flashed him from his hideout in an operation led by undercover agents attached to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and others drawn from the Monitoring and Surveillance Unit.
The Monitoring and Surveillance Unit is a division of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) based on Kiambu Road.
Detectives seized several printed fake examination papers and others stored in his mobile phone as soft copies after his arrest.
According to the DCI, the suspect allegedly set up a number of social media pages, including WhatsApp groups, where he sold exam papers to unsuspecting students.
“The suspect was charging them Ksh2,600 for Science papers and Ksh1,600 for Humanities,” the agency’s statement read in part.
He was immediately taken into custody and will be charged with examination malpractice when he appears in court.
“The suspect contravened section 28 of National Examination malpractices Act 29, 2012,” DCI stated.
Government Warn Teachers Against Leaking KCSE, KCPE Examinations
His arrest occurred a day after the KCPE exams were completed. While assuring parents and teachers of the validity of the exams, Education Cabinet Secretary George Omore Magoha stated that the government is vigilant in ensuring the exams are not tainted.
“I want to confirm to you this morning that the exam has not leaked and the first exam shall be seen after it has left the container,” Magoha stated.
He continued, “there are a few crooks who are still trying to leak papers; if you are stupid and want to buy the papers, go and buy. But I want to confirm to you that you will not be buying our exams.”
He also warned teachers against leaking exam papers, threatening punitive action against those found guilty. Three people were arrested for exam malpractice during the recently completed KCPE exams.
Candidates for the KCSE will begin their exams on Monday, March 14.