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79 students, 14 teachers arrested over leaked KCSE papers

Education Cabinet Secretary has finally acknowledged the widespread circulation of leaked Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers and revealed that police have arrested students, teachers and one parent found with the papers.

In total, 14 teachers have been “arrested and arraigned in court” over leakage of exam papers, while 79 students have also faced a similar fate, Education Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi told Parliament’s Education Committee on Tuesday.

One parent has also been arrested for sending his son what is reported to be leaked exams.


Prof Kaimenyi said he is “not sure” whether police were involved in leaking the exam papers, but said it was “a pity” if the allegations can be ascertained.

The Cabinet Secretary said the real extent of cheating will be known once the exams are marked. He added that the entire exam process will be audited once the exercise is over.

The committee chairperson, Murang’a county Women Representative Sabina Wanjiru Chege, wondered how exams were being leaked through social media yet those who involved are yet to be named and shamed.

“Have we sought help from the cyber crime unit since the exam is spreading through Whatsapp and Facebook? I think we are not taking this issue seriously,” said Ms Chege.