A teacher being held in Kisii for exam cheating
A secondary school teacher was arrested last Monday in Kisii County over allegations of exam cheating.
Joshua Nyabuto, 26, a teacher at Nyabururu Girls High School, was arrested at Sameta Private Examination Centre while sitting a KCSE paper where he had impersonated a student.
The suspect was arrested together with a female student of Blue Right Academy for whom it was alleged he was sitting the exam.
Confirming the incident, Kisii County Criminal Investigation Officer Justus Burudi said that the two were arrested from the same exam room where the teacher was doing the examination on behalf of the female student.
“A detective notified the supervisor after seeing the teacher cum student in a frightened mood. On intervening, he found the teacher having written details of the female candidate on the exam paper.
When the supervisor proceeded to check with the female student, she found her having written the details of the teacher on her exam paper,” he said.
Burudi said that they have commenced investigations to confirm how the teacher, who graduated from Moi University in 2015, was registered for the exam by Kenya National Examination Council despite strict measures to curb cheating.
“We are wondering how the teacher was given a valid registration number by Kenya National Examination Council yet he graduated from Moi University last year,” he said.
Pointing out that the incident may lead to arrest of more individuals, Burudi revealed that they were yet to establish the relationship between the two suspects as he called for calm.
He added that the two suspects would be arraigned in court to answer charges as soon detectives concluded investigations.
Speaking to KNA on Tuesday, Kisii County Director of Education William Sugut also confirmed the arrest of the two suspects whom he said had registered as private candidates.
“We are taking the whole issue of exams seriously and let nobody be deceived that he can cheat and walk away with it,” he warned adding that the entire process has otherwise progressed on well without hiccups.
The County has a total of 21,930 candidates enrolled for this year’s KCSE exercise.
By Isaiah Nayika