KCSE exams kick off under tight security


KCSE exams kick off under tight security
File image of candidates sitting national exams. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The 664,586 candidates on Monday began with exams in oral and braille French, German and Arabic.
  • The 1,000,759 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education candidates will begin on November 1.
  • Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Education CS Amina revealed that the ministry had acquired 40 new examination containers to enhance the security of the exam materials.

This year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations have began across the country.

A total of 664,586 candidates on Monday morning began with oral exams, braille French, German and Arabic.

They expect to sit other practicals this week, including the Kenya Sign Language, music and Home Science, until November 1 before starting the theories from November 5 to 29.

The 1,000,759 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates will on the other hand begin their exams on November 1.

The Ministry of Education has since announced strict regulations and consequences to deter exam cheating

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang announced that the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will recall certificates of parents and teachers found aiding in examination cheating, besides the suspension and withholding of the results of any student caught in the act.

Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee of Education on October 10, CS Amina Mohamed also revealed that the ministry had acquired 40 new examination containers to enhance the security of the exam materials.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i further suspended leave for the country’s security personnel until the national examinations are concluded.

CS Amina also dispelled rumors that the exams had leaked, assuring that:

“The only time these learners will see the papers is when they walk into the exam room… that’s why we have been appealing to parents not to provide resources for the purchase of fake papers from conmen and women,” she stated at the parliamentary education committee.

President Uhuru Kenyatta further condemned any intentions to cheat during the international conference on Early Childhood Development and Education.

“My Administration has taken bold measures to make examinations credible and I commend those who work hard and long hours to achieve this… I condemn those who insist on corrupting our exam system,” said the head of state.

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