The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) is currently grappling with a fresh predicament arising from the widespread dissemination of national examination papers on various social media platforms.
Over the past three years, a staggering 98 cases of cybercrime targeting the education sector have been meticulously documented, involving numerous social media accounts.
In response to this disconcerting trend, David Njengere, the Chief Executive of KNEC, has penned a letter appealing for immediate action. Njengere urgently requested the closure of Facebook communities and Telegram channels implicated in these illicit activities.
“To counter this imminent threat, the Council is seeking your organization’s assistance in dismantling identified Facebook forums and Telegram channels.” Stated Dr Njegere in a letter dated December 8, 2022.
The gravity of the situation has prompted KNEC to seek external support in combatting these infringements.
Despite their efforts, it has become evident that KNEC is still besieged by malevolent actors who persistently endeavor to undermine the integrity of national examinations.
Among the three primary platforms facilitating such nefarious activities, Telegram, WhatsApp, and Signal take the lead due to their substantial user bases.
“These platforms have been utilized to spread exam misinformation, exam fraud, and illegal distribution of exam material, among other cyber-related offenses.” voiced Njengere, underscoring the gravity of the situation.
CA has initiated an investigation into thirty-six (36) social media accounts suspected of attempting to engage in KNEC Exam Malpractice ahead of the 2023 national exams .
Ezra Chiloba, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, shared this information during his appearance before the National Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday, July 4.
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Chiloba disclosed that a total of 34 cases of exam malpractice were reported during the KCSE, with an additional 28 cases reported during the 2022 KCSE exams.
Despite these reports being forwarded to KNEC, Chiloba expressed that the cases remain unresolved. He further stated that the Authority’s ability to address these matters is limited without the necessary procedural legal framework in place.
Moreover, he acknowledged that the agency frequently receives requests for assistance in investigating cybercrimes, particularly those linked to examinations facilitated by technology.
The CA boss emphasized the importance of collaboration in successfully investigating and prosecuting cybercrime, citing how it enables the identification of offenders, the sharing of critical cyber threat intelligence, and the preservation of digital forensic evidence.
Chiloba further revealed that instances of technology-enabled examination fraud, which are notoriously challenging to detect, see a significant surge during the examination period.