Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has warned KCSE candidates and teachers against entering exam rooms with large sums of money.
Speaking in Murang’a County on Tuesday morning, Magoha did not specify how much money would be allowed in exam rooms.
He said the students should be thoroughly frisked before entering exam rooms to ensure they don’t have large sums of money with them.
Magoha expressed his fears that some candidates have been found with large sums of money, which could be used to compromise the exams.
“Students’ money should be handed to the centre managers before starting the exams and only returned upon finishing.”
“Teachers also should not walk around with large sums of money and if found, they should immediately be handcuffed,” Magoha added.
He urged all candidates to concentrate on their exams and avoid engaging in any malpractices that may see them disqualified and discontinued.
The Ministry of Education revealed that 831,015 candidates will sit the 2021 KCSE examinations which began Monday morning, March 14 and will run till Friday, April 1.
The tests will be administered in 10, 413 examination centres and the papers will be disseminated from 483 distribution centres nationwide.
On Monday, cases of exam malpractice were reported in several regions as the exams began.
In Busia, a 26-year-old man was arrested for sitting the exam on behalf of his father, while a 20-year-old Kisii University student was also found impersonating a candidate in Kisii.
Brian Angwenyi, a third-year student at Kisii University, was sitting the English Paper One on behalf of Nyamweya Martin at Kiamabundu High School in Kisii Central, Nyaribari Chache sub-county.
Police said the candidate was on the run. The suspect was held at Kisii Central police station.
The CS had also pardoned two candidates caught with mobile phones a few minutes before the national examinations began in Nairobi.
He said that the two would still carry on with the exams, urging all candidates to concentrate on their exams and avoid any malpractices.