Five Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates and two invigilators were arrested Monday at Maragua Muslim Girls School for sneaking mobile phones into an examination center.
The seven were arrested during the Physics paper after police officers manning the center became suspicious and upon frisking the candidates they recovered five phones.
Confirming the incident Murang’a County Commissioner John Elung’ata cautioned exam administrators against colluding with students to engage in exam irregularities.
Elung’ata said that all multi-agencies manning the examination centers are alert to detect any unauthorized activities during exams.
The suspects are being held at Maragua Police station and will be arraigned once investigations are completed.
Separately, a Nairobi Court has detained two suspects for six more days in connection to exam related malpractice.
Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwayi ordered Victor Meroka Nyasani and Fredrick Simba Mageka to be locked up at Muthaiga police station until November 26th when their case will be mentioned.
The two were arrested on 17thNovember 2018 in Geticha village Kisii County with exam related materials.
The prosecution had sort 14 days to detain the two suspects in order to complete investigations, carry out forensic examinations on their phones and verify the authenticity of the two exam certificates recovered from them.
But the defense counsel objected the request arguing that the prosecution evidence was insufficient to continue detaining the two.
The first suspect Victor Meroka Nyasani who is a law student at the university of Nairobi also claimed he was tortured while in custody and requested for medical attention a request granted by the magistrate.
During the arrest items were seized including two national examinations certificates, phones, laptops, flash discs and ATM cards among other things.