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3 students arraigned in court over exam cheating bid

Three students from Boys Town Secondary school in Garissa town were Tuesday arraigned in court for attempting to cheat in the on-going Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

The three (names withheld because they are minors) appeared before Garissa Senior Resident Magistrate, James Masiga charged with being in possession of mobile phones with information related to the Chemistry paper II that they took on November8.

The trio was also charged with being in possession of material purported to be related to the content of the exam paper.

Two of the students pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on Sh. 50,000 bond with surety of similar amount or cash bail of Sh. 50,000.Their case will be heard on February 12, 2019.

The prosecution requested the court that one student to be further detained until Wednesday to give the investigative team more time to look for the alleged owner of the phone the suspect had, so that he can unlock the phone. The trio has been suspended from taking further exam papers. Monday, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amina Mohamed said the students involved had been deregistered and discontinued from sitting further exams.

The attempted cheating comes amid stringent measures put in place by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and that of Interior.

By Jacob Songok

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