In Summary
  • They have to change strategy faster than those planning to cheat in the tests
  • First, 11 suspects were arrested in Kisii County and charged for impersonation.
  • In Wajir, a teacher shamelessly worked out answers of a practical subject and put answers on the chalkboard.

The changing tactics in examination cheating should give the authorities renewed impetus to intensify security checks at the centres.

They have to change strategy faster than those planning to cheat in the tests. When the first week of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education ended on Friday scores of exam cheats had been nabbed in various centres, with some taken to court to answer to criminal offences.

What is alarming is that some people are obsessed with exam cheating. They are so audacious and brazen that they take risks without care.

IMPERSONATION

Three cases were particularly startling. First, 11 suspects were arrested in Kisii County and charged for impersonation. The fellows, among them university students and unemployed trained teachers, went to write exams for others at a centre for private candidates, defying the security checks only to be caught by a discerning officer who saw through their tricks.

Second, was the case of teachers at a school in Migori County who masquerading as cooks, attempted to facilitate cheating; getting question papers, working out answers and passing to candidates in the toilets.

In Wajir, a teacher shamelessly worked out answers of a practical subject and put answers on the chalkboard.

Methods of cheating are changing and the conspicuous thing is that the perpetrators are so daring that they are not bothered by the strict monitoring.

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