The government has moved to assure candidates, teachers and parents in areas recently affected by insecurity of maximum protection during the KCPE and KCSE examinations which begin at the end of this month.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed was in the Oloposumorum area in Narok County where inter-community clashes caused loss of lives and destruction of property while her Interior counterpart Fred Matiang’i was in Nyeri County to meet local administrators in the wake of rising cases of coffee theft and drug abuse.
She, however, cautioned parents to be on the lookout for individuals purporting to have leakages of this year’s examination and to volunteering information to authorities.
Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya said the 7pm-6am curfew will remain in force until both KCPE and KCSE examinations are complete.
In Nyeri County Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i met local administrators and urged for their cooperation in ensuring the credibility of the national examinations.
Warning that those caught cheating will be dealt with, Matiang’i reminded the administrators that they would be held accountable for crimes in their areas of jurisdiction.
The KCSE examinations kick off with practical on the 22nd of this month while theory starts on the 2nd of November while KCPE examinations will start on the 29th of October with rehearsals.
For the first time candidates for the first time use their Unique Personal Identifier numbers instead of the traditional index numbers.
According to a timetable released by the Kenya National Examination Council, the 964,119 candidates enrolled for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education will sit for tests in five subjects for three days.
After the rehearsals, the candidates will write their Mathematics and English papers on 30th, sit for the Science and Swahili papers and on Wednesday before concluding the exercise on 1st of November with social studies and religious education paper.