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Six Arrested for Fake KCSE Papers Trade

Among the arrested individuals are two students from a Thika college and a 20-year-old social media administrator.

Six individuals have been apprehended and brought before the court on charges of peddling counterfeit Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers.

In an official statement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) disclosed that the arrests were made in the context of an intensified crackdown aimed at upholding the integrity of the ongoing examinations. These individuals were found to be operating several Telegram accounts.

Among the arrested individuals are two students from a Thika college and a 20-year-old social media administrator.

The DCI’s statement reads, “Six social media administrators responsible for facilitating examination malpractice during the ongoing KCSE national examinations have been detained in the ongoing operation to apprehend wrongdoers.”

The operation, carried out by DCI detectives in collaboration with the Communications Authority (CA) and telecommunications operators, was launched following the identification of over 32 social media platforms being utilized to distribute, sell, and post counterfeit examination materials by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) monitoring team.

According to the DCI, KNEC had raised concerns about the 32 platforms used by the suspects and their associates to peddle counterfeit exam papers.

Following KNEC’s communication, the DCI initiated an investigation into the syndicate, leading to the apprehension of various suspects, including an individual known as ‘Mr. Examiner,’ who was apprehended before the exams commenced.

The DCI reported that, by November 6, six more suspects were involved in the illicit trade, with one of the principal suspects identified as ‘Prof Martinez.’

“Notably, Prof Martinez was among the accused individuals and operated one of the most popular Telegram groups, ‘The Teacher’s Updates,’ boasting an audience of over 18,000. In this group, he urged teachers, parents, and students to ‘relax, we are here,'” stated the DCI in their release.

The DCI also issued a stern warning to anyone involved in fraudulent activities and advised students not to be lured by the illusion of shortcuts to success in the national examinations.

The KCSE exams began on Monday, with a total of 903,260 candidates taking part in the national exams. However, heavy rainfall in various parts of the country posed a threat to the delivery of exams to different centers.

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Abdul

Abdul is a journalist by profession having graduated from St.Paul University.

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