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Police have arrested six Telegram group administrators suspected of being involved in the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination malpractices.

Police launched a multi-agency operation including CAK officers and DCI officers attached to the Kenya National Examinations Council and all telecommunication service providers.

The KNEC monitoring team identified over 32 social media platforms being used to share, sell and post examination materials in violation of the KNEC Act and regulations.

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In October, the Communications Authority of Kenya listed the 32 suspicious telegram platforms, 30 of which were active with a membership of over 193,000 parents and students.

Police said after arresting the first suspect, Mr Examiner, over 60,000 members left various groups, leaving active participation of a staggering 130, 000 members.

The suspect was a CRE teacher at a private school in Kiambu County.

Police said by November 4, six more admins coordinated the fraudulence in sharing, selling and posting examination materials in different telegram groups

DCI added that among the suspects famously known as Professor operated one of the most sought-after telegram groups.

The group was known as the Teacher’s Updates – with a following of more than 18,000 people.

In his group, he called upon teachers, parents and students to “relax, we are here for you and will give you all the support you need”.

Police also arrested two students from Thika Medical School one aged 19 and 20.

Another 20-year-old admin was also netted as she sought customer care services at a Safaricom shop after a line she had used in opening her telegram account was suspended.

The six were arraigned on Monday and charged with, among other offences, the publication of false information.

“The DCI reminds youngsters holding on to the illusion that there exists a shortcut to riches and greatness, other than legitimate ventures, that such fraudulent practices are a sure way to a very small world within high walls.”

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