Four KCSE examination candidates have been deregistered by the Kenya National Examinations Council over cheating allegations.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kepsang said the four would not continue with the remaining papers after they were found with mobile phones, contrary to the law.
Speaking at Kisauni police headquarters in Mombasa County, Dr Kipsang did not, however, reveal the candidates' identities, school or county.
“Students register as individuals, not regions or schools, and so we are going to deal with them in that capacity. I'm not going to mention any school or county,” said the PS.
He warned candidates against smuggling materials into examinations rooms, saying if found they would be deregistered.
“We ask invigilators to be thorough in their frisking to ensure unauthorised materials, including phones, do not find their way into the exams rooms. On the penalty of being found with such materials, the law is very clear; we shall recall the exam on the spot,” he said.
The PS said the law allowed for the recalling of the examinations at any point if there was malpractice that can compromise integrity of the test.
“If we observe cases of cheating at the end of the examination, the laws allow us to cancel the results. But if cheating is detected while the exam is ongoing, we recall the exam, which means deregistering the students,” Kipsang said.
He said Mombasa had so far no cases of malpractice.