A primary school teacher has been arrested by the police in West Pokot County after he was caught taking pictures of one of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination papers.

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West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello who confirmed the incident said the teacher identified as Vincent Lorma was arrested at Kapterema Primary School in West Pokot.

Okello said the teacher was caught using his mobile phone at the school to take pictures of a science examination paper.

Okello said Lorma who is a PTA-hired teacher at the school was not supposed to be in school when national examinations are ongoing.

The county commissioner said they have launched investigations to establish why the teacher was caught in the examination room.

“All teachers are not allowed to be in their schools during the exam period. Centre managers are the ones in charge. We are investigating why he was taking photos,” said Okello as quoted by standardmedia.co.ke.

Four other examination officials at the institution who were arrested following the incident are being held at Kacheliba Police Station awaiting to be arraigned in Court.

Okello said they arrested supervisor John Limangura, centre manager Flora Soprin, invigilator Godfrey Ochieng and a national police reservist Longolekau Lonyangiro.

He said new invigilators have been deployed to the school as he warned of dire consequences to those found culpable of exam malpractice.

“Those colluding to steal exams won't be spared. Will still be tough even in the KCSE coming exams,” said Okello.