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Teacher denies fraud in exams

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY ALPHONCE GARI
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The Malindi High School teacher who was arrested for allegedly obtaining Sh128,000 from Form Four KCSE candidates was yesterday arraigned in court. The money was to have been used to help the candidates cheat exams.

Farhan Abudi Mohamed appeared before Malindi Principal Magistrate Nathan Shiundu and denied having obtained money from the students by false pretence.

The prosecutor Chief Inspector Paul Nyamai told the court that on between October 11 and October 22 at the school Mohammed obtained Sh128,000 from Mohamed Kera a Form Four student at the school on behalf of other students.

Nyamai told the court that Mohamed pretended that he was in a position to supply the students with genuine KCSE papers from Kenya national examination council.

Mohamed who was represented by lawyer Gicharu Kimani denied the charges and applied for a bond. Kimani made an application to the court to supply the accused with all witnesses’ statements and evidence which the prosecution wishes to rely on. Shiundu ordered the defence to be supplied with all the statements and evidence.

The magistrate also ordered the accused be released on a Sh30,000 bond with a surety of a similar amount. He set the case for hearing on December 4.

The Malindi district education officer Mary Kamarua at the weekend said Mohamed allegedly collected the money from 1,000 students. She said it was fortunate the teacher had been nabbed before committing the criminal offence.

CID boss John Ndung'u said six Form Four had already recorded statements. By the time of going to press relatives of the accused and their lawyer were still undergoing the processes of securing bond.