Kisii police officers are in pursuit of a WhatsApp group admin who has been actively selling 2023 KCSE exam papers for profit.
According to a police statement, the suspect is suspected of raking in substantial earnings through WhatsApp groups and various other social media channels dedicated to this illegal enterprise.
As per a police report, the alleged perpetrator charged Ksh10,000 per person to distribute exam papers to approximately 12,000 followers across different groups just an hour before the exams were scheduled.
A critical turn of events unfolded when a private student from Nyanchwa Boys High School, one of the followers, was apprehended by a Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) officials during the Mathematics Paper 2 exams.
The KNEC official observed a mobile phone strategically placed on a table adjacent to an open window within a classroom.
The phone, secured with a password, piqued the official’s interest.
After the completion of the Math Paper 2 exams, the KNEC official inquired about the device’s owner, prompting the private student to come forward.
“One Lilian Ondiek, aged 30 years, sitting as a private candidate, stepped forward and claimed the phone to be hers. She gave out the password code which was used in accessing the phone. Upon going through WhatsApp section, she discovered the real answered Mathematics paper 2 question paper having been posted therein,”
Upon this revelation, officers from Kisii Police Station swiftly responded, confirming that the sender had disseminated the answered Math Paper 2 to various groups before the exam commenced at 8:00 am.
Shockingly, the group admin was soliciting an additional Ksh10,000 from each member before sharing Kiswahili Paper 3.
The mobile phone was seized as evidence, and the student was permitted to continue with the subsequent exams.
Police officers have launched an investigation to uncover and apprehend the group admin who is currently on the run