Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has warned teachers against engaging in exam malpractices.

CS Magoha noted teachers are the biggest culprits and warned them of dire consequences should they be caught leaking examinations.

The CS spoke on Monday when he oversaw the start of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) exams in Nyali, Mombasa County.

Magoha also pardoned two candidates from Nairobi caught with mobile phones a few minutes before the national examinations kicked off.

“We will be soft on the two students nabbed with cell phones and allow them to take exams. But I want to warn that any teacher who feels they are brave enough to open the second paper that we shall come for you like we did in Wajir,” said the CS.

“A teacher who steals exams cannot be intelligent.  We will not have mercy this time round on those we will arrest. This time round, because of our children, we shall be quasi dictatorial,’ he added.

CS Magoha also revealed there is a new cartel aiding in exam cheating after the govt dismantled a previous one.

“The guiltier are teachers, some of whom are traders and crooks and we dismantled their cartel in primary schools but they have formed another one,” he said.

The CS assured parents and other stakeholders the exams will be credible.

“This being my last examination, I would want to tell Kenyans that we developed the container system that has delivered credible results. Our qualifications are respected worldwide. The incoming administration should know that no condition is permanent, but our children being in school is and therefore should not change the existing plans because they don’t like the person who initiated it,” Magoha said.