The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examinations (KCPE) entered day two Wednesday with heavy rains pounding most parts of the country presenting the biggest challenge.
Education officials in flood-prone regions were forced to improvise to ensure examination materials reach their destination on time.
The government has put in place proper contingencies to ensure students sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) across the country continue with the examinations uninterrupted, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
He said helicopters are being used in areas that roads have been cut off by floods due to heavy rains pounding the country.
Speaking on Wednesday at Ngong Forest Primary School, Nairobi, when he toured the institution to supervise the exercise as it entered its second-day, Dr Ruto said all was well as far as the examinations were concerned.
“We have put in place measures to ensure examinations are carried out uninterrupted. In cases, where we have bridges washed away by floods or roads destroyed, we have helicopters on standby,” said Dr Ruto.
“But for now, there is no incident reported in any of the centres where a candidate has failed to do the examinations because of lack of delivery of exam pa papers,” he added.
Day-two of the KCPE saw pupils sit for Science, Kiswahili in the morning and Insha in the afternoon.
The Deputy President assured the students that the Governmnet was committed to improving schools infrastructure in line with its 100 percent primary to secondary school transition policy.
“We have made significant strides to improve schools infrastructure including expansion of some institutions so as to make the 100 percent primary to secondary schools successful,” he said.
He thanked the management of the Ngong Forest Primary School for hosting some students of Precious Talent Top that recently collapsed killing seven children.
The Deputy President who was flanked by Education Principal Secretary Kipsang Belio among other senior Ministry of Education officials also sent his good luck message to the 2019 KCPE candidates.
“This is the time to demonstrate the knowledge that you have gained while in school for the last eight years. We are looking forward to wonderful results,” said Dr Ruto.
Dr Kipsang said there was smooth progress of exams.
He said the ministry is in constant touch with managers, supervisors, sub-county and assistant county directors and security officers with a view to ensuring smooth running of the examinations.
In Nyeri, County Commissioner Yatich Kipkemei assuring candidates that requisite measures were in place to ensure the process is seamless despite a few hiccups.
In Busia, transport was paralyzed along the Malaba-Busia highway with examiners forced to seek alternative routes to ensure exam papers reach their stations in time.
Meanwhile, the director of Framer academy in Kerugoya and his headteacher were arraigned in court for attempting to stop a candidate from sitting his exams.
It is alleged that the two, Francis Muriithi and Rose Njeri Rure claimed that the pupil had not been attending classes regularly hence feared that he may lead to a drop in the school mean score.
They denied the charges and were each released on a 200,000 shillings bond and surety of a similar amount.
Finally, Kisii county deputy governor Joash Maangi has called on the government to prosecute individuals involved in examination malpractices.
He termed as unfortunate claims that the region is a hot spot for exam cheats saying if candidates excelled, they would be viewed as having engaged in malpractices.