A teacher who was arrested for allegedly selling fake national examination papers for both primary and secondary was on Monday arraigned in court.
23-year-old Nicholas Ngumbau Kalewa alias ‘Mr Examiner’ had opened over 10 WhatsApp and Telegram accounts where he was selling the papers for Ksh1,500 and Ksh2,000 with a marking scheme.
He was charged before the Milimani law court with publishing false information contrary to Section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act No. 5 of 2018.
“It is alleged that on diverse dates between 1st September 2023 and 25th October 2023 at an unknown location within the Republic of Kenya, Nicholus Ngumbau Kalewa posing as an examiner, knowingly published information through electronic applications, specifically the WhatsApp and Telegram platforms, that he was offering Kenya National Examination papers leakage for the year 2023, a fact he knew to be false” the charge sheet read.
He denied the charge and was released on a Ksh 200,000 bond or an alternative cash bail of Ksh 100,000. The case will be mentioned on 13/11/2023.
The Christian Religion Education teacher at an academy in Kimabu County was nabbed last week after DCI detectives reportedly infiltrated his groups posing as students seeking to purchase the examination papers
He further cautioned the group members to be wary of scammers, since he was the only one with legit papers.
The suspect who had used a stolen identity card to register the SIM cards that he was using had also opened a bank account and provided a till pay-bill number where the money would be sent.
The Ministry of Education, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have put up elaborate mechanisms aimed at upholding the integrity of administering the KPSEA and KCPE examination that commenced Monday to avoid cases of irregularities.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination is ongoing.