Cybercrime experts deployed to curb cheating in exams

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu addresses Kisii school students on November 17, 2022, after meeting School Principals on KCSE preparedness. [Sammy Omingo, Standard]

The government has deployed cybercrime experts as a way of curbing cases of cheating during the forthcoming national examinations.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu said the experts have the ability to track the origin of any message relayed pertaining to the examinations.

“The Government has deployed cybercrime experts across the country to help monitor the exams. This is aimed at promoting sanctity that the national examinations deserve,” said Machogu.

The CS was speaking during a meeting with examination centre managers from Migori and Homa Bay counties at Homa Bay High School Friday. He said the experts will also help cushion parents and students from conmen selling examination material online.

The development comes at a time when learners are preparing for three major national examinations, namely the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment which is meant for Grade Six pupils under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Machogu said those who are found circulating academic materials online in the name of exam leakages will be arrested and punitive action taken against them.

The CS further urged parents, students and teachers to report anybody who circulates such materials to security officials, noting that they had agreed with security officials on how to handle whistleblowers on exam leakages.

Machogu was accompanied by Basic Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan, Kenya National Examination Council CEO David Njeng'ere, Homa Bay County Commissioner Moses Lilan, and County Education Director Eunice Khaemba.

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