Magoha cites mobile phones as leading cheating tool in KCSE


Education Cabinet Secretary Prof.George addresses members of the press on March, 11, 2022, after launching a CBC classroom at Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

Mobile phones are proving to be a headache in the management of national examinations.

Education CS George Magoha said the government was considering a total ban on the use of mobile phones in schools during exams. “The greatest singular enemy we have today are the cell phones,” he said.

The CS dismissed reports that mobile phones confiscated in exam rooms contained exam answers. “There is no way there could be answers on those phones. A few teachers are accessing exams early before exam time, but the test has not leaked,” Prof Magoha said.

The CS was responding to reports that three counties are on the spot after three teachers and a student were caught with photos of KCSE exam papers. He said Nairobi, Kisii and Garissa are on the ministry’s radar. 

Prof Magoha cited Sir Newton High School in Eastleigh, Nairobi, where a teacher was found taking photos of the test papers.

“The matter is being investigated by the police,” the CS said after commissioning a CBC classroom at Precious Blood Girls High School, Riruta. CS Magoha said a KCSE candidate from Eastleigh High School was caught with a mobile phone in the exam room with screenshots of questions sent by someone from Daraja Mbili in Kisii.

Elswehere, a principal, supervisor and four invigilators were arrested after four mobile phones with exam materials were found in the toilet