Four teachers manning KCPE examination centre in Nyandarua were arrested Wednesday after they were found aiding in exam cheating.
They were arrested at the Hezta Group of Schools in Ol Kalou Sub County. Those locked up at the Ol Kalou police station are the Centre manager, Supervisor and two invigilators.
County security team led by County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich and Police Commander Gideon Ngumi raided the school after receiving an alert from police officers deployed at the school.
The police raised suspicion on leakage and ambushed four teachers all from the school discussing a Science examination paper.
“On further investigations, the teachers were found hiding in one of the rooms in a building in the school compound with materials used in the examination malpractice,” Cherutich said.
It was said that the invigilators were taking pictures of the examination paper and would later send it electronically to the teachers in the school who would then return discussed answers back to the officers to pass to the pupils.
Among the materials taken were tissue papers and erasing rubbers with some answers which were said to have come from the teachers.
The suspects had a hard time hiding their faces from cameras as they were being escorted to waiting police vehicles.
Cherutich confirmed that the four teachers were found within the examination centre which was against the Kenya National Examination guidelines.
“Our security officers manning the examination in the school raised alarm on possible exam cheating. We acted swiftly on the matter and upon arriving and doing our investigations we were able to recover papers containing exam answers. We have also confiscated phones which will aid in the investigations,” said Mr Cherutich.
He however noted that the 29 candidates sitting their examination in the school would continue with their examination Thursday adding that new invigilation officers would be deployed in the school.
Cherutich urged the security officers to be extra vigilant to ensure that similar incidences did not happen adding that they would tighten measures to curb cases of irregularities adding that a multi-agency team from Nairobi would be deployed in the school to investigate any possible cases of exam cheating in the past.
By David Njoroge and Anne Sabuni