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Candidates assured of safety as exams start

Harrison Kivisu, Charles Okwemba and Noven Owiti @PeopleDailyKe

Senior officials in the educating sector have affirmed that preparations for this year’s national examinations for secondary and primary levels are complete despite political tensions that have engulfed the country.

Coast Region Director of Education Abdikadir Kike told parents not to worry about the safety of the candidates as security measures have been enhanced to ensure candidates sit this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams peacefully.

Schools have closed to pave way for the administration of the examinations with KCPE candidates sitting the papers between tomorrow and November 2. The main KCSE papers start with rehearsals on November 3. “We are just waiting for the D-day.

Preparations in all counties and sub-counties are complete. Security will be enhanced and what we urge our students is to be disciplined to avoid frustrations and cancellations of results,” Kike said during an interview. However, he warned candidates against exam cheating, saying punitive measures including cancellation of results will be imposed on cheaters.

“The government will not relent in the war against exam leakage,” Kike said. A survey by People Daily established that Form Four candidates in some schools at the Coast had dispensed with the oral exams and were awaiting for the written examinations slated to start in early November.

Kisumu county Director of Education Sabina Aroni has also assured all candidates, their teachers and parents that adequate preparations have been made towards administration of this year’s national examinations in the county.

“Our office has put in place proper arrangement that will ensure the exams go on smoothly,” she said. Aroni said thorough sensitisation had been conducted for the examination centre managers and other officials.

“The Ministry of Education has done time-based preparations as part of the wider plan of creating a conducive environment for administering the national examinations,” said Aroni.

“The relevant agencies that will help in undertaking the exams have also been briefed accordingly,” she said. KCSE candidates taking oral examinations in languages such as French finished last week.“Plans are underway for undertaking Home Science practical paper on Monday (today),” she added.

Aroni said the KCPE exam process begins today with a briefing of KCPE candidates and exam officials on what is expected from them during the exam period. October 31 to November 2 and 3 will be the main exam days.

For KCSE, rehearsals will be done on November 3 while written examinations start on November 6. Overall, some 1.6 million candidates were registered to write the examinations this year.

Of these, a total of 1,003,556 candidates were registered for the KCPE and 615,773 for KCSE. Among these are 6,037 KCPE and 7,001 KCSE private candidates. Education CS Fred Matiang’i had earlier announced that KCPE exams will be written across 28,566-examination centres and KCSE will be held in 9,350.

Some new 197 KCPE and 119 KCSE schools were registered by the sub-county directors of education for use as examination centres. Mid last month, a Form Four student in Makueni county was arrested for allegedly having papers believed to be for this year’s KCSE examination.

However, Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) chairman, Prof George Magoha, said in a press statement that the council had reviewed the materials and established that the documents were all fake.

According to Education Principal Secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang, the government will be stricter in the administration of the KCPE and KCSE examinations. He added that there will be no room for access to leaked examinations. There was tight security during last year’s national examinations. a

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