The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has issued a circular to all examination centre managers, highlighting stringent instructions, which must be fully complied with during the entire period.
Knec said all is set for the tests and nothing is left to chance, with the managers expected to pick up examination materials from the container at 6.00am. In the circular, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mercy Karogo says the managers must check and confirm all the materials are intact and not tampered with.
The materials are also not to leave the container without being escorted by armed security officers. Karogo said that upon arrival to their specific centres, the managers should deliver the tests directly to one of the examination rooms and not anywhere else.
She said the materials should then be placed on the table at the front of the room selected and all candidates must be able to have a full view of the examination package. “Ensure one of the candidates physically checks and confirms that the envelope carrying the materials is intact before the package for each session is opened by the Supervisor,” she said.
Karogo advised the managers to ensure that the materials for the second paper remain at the same table in full view of all candidates in the room while the test for the first session is in progress. She cautioned that action will be taken against those who will not comply with contents of this circular. “The centre managers are also to ensure that armed security officers stay at close proximity with the examination materials throughout the fay until the materials are returned to the container,” she added. Moreover, nobody, including supervisors, will be allowed to enter examination rooms with any form of electronic devices while an exam is in progress.
Karogo said mobile phones for invigilators are to be locked away before the start of the examination for the day. “The centre manager can only be in possession of a mobile phone when outside the examination room,” she added.
No teachers will be allowed within the vicinity of the schools throughout the examination period other than those handling practical subjects who will get acess when the paper is being taken.
Meanwhile, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has sent a goodwill message to all KCPE and KCSE exam candidates. “Your learning experience of eight years of primary and four years of secondary education, has effectively prepared you for these examinations,” she said. “I encourage you to walk into your examination centres with the same confidence and enthusiasm you showed during the years in school,” she added.
Quoting former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Amina said: “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Nationally, 1,060,759 KCPE and 664,586 KCSE candidates will sit exams this year.