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12 teachers risk 10 years in jail for possessing KCPE exam papers

12 November 2015, 21:35 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - 12 primary school teachers charged with possession of KCPE exam papers risk being slapped with a jail term not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding KES 2 million if found guilty.

The 12 pleaded not guilty before magistrate Daina Mwachache and release on bail of KES 500 000 and a surety of similar amount or alternatively cash bail of KES 200 000.

It is alleged that on November 10 at the Star of the Sea examination center number 106117 in Mombasa County, Zillah Mwaghogho, Edda Mwarema, Magret Nzombo, Agatha Nyamonga, Newton Mwatua, Mary Kavehere, Beth Wambugu, Pili Salim, Janet Nuru, Asli Abbas, Edith Mwandithi and Beatrice Kedogo were found in possession of papers for the ongoing KCPE 2015 examination materials on their whatsapp accounts.

State prosecutor Eugene Wangila made an application before the court to enhance the bail terms of the accused for the court to broadcast to the public that it was a serious offense which is affecting education sector in the country.

He further informed the court that the accused were facing a serious crime which would attract up to maximum of 10 years imprisonment and fine not exceeding KES 2 million.

Wangila added that currently the relevant materials have been forwarded to the government cyber crime unit for analysis before their presentation in court.

Read Also: 20 candidates locked out of KCPE exam as school failed to register them

The respondents' lawyer, Francis Kadima objected the application argued that the teachers were on the government payroll and if found guilty they would be interdicted and required to report to the school daily.

He further said he would be raising a technical objection of the charges leveled against the respondents.

“What they are alleged to be in possession of is what is available on the internet; that even the service providers have no control over. I pray this court to release the accused on personal bail terms," said Kadima.

He said that the police should charge the KNEC official “for the examination to have leaked it must have been stolen.”

Wangila further informed the court that there as need for the accused person to explain to the court how they came to be in possession of the examination material and why they had failed to report it to the authorities.

“Kadima should also provide information if he knows those behind the leaking of the examination,” said Wangila.

He said it was unfair for the young students who had prepared for the exams only for others to be spoon fed.

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