The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) theory examinations have kicked off.
About 903,260 candidates who registered for this year’s KCSE across the country will Monday morning from 8 am be tackling the Chemistry paper and English (functional skills) in the afternoon at 2pm.
The students will write English paper 2 (Comprehension, Literary Appreciation & Grammar) tomorrow, Tuesday from 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
The national exam is set to run till November 24 ending with Physics practicals.
Practicals including French, German, Arabic orals, Kenya Sign Language, music among others were done last week.
The government has affirmed that it has a multiagency team to ensure that all systems are in place to guarantee the credibility of the examinations and that the process runs smoothly.
Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang is supervising the distribution of KCSE 2023 examination materials at the Westlands Subcounty Container, Nairobi, on Waiyaki Way.
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The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) is using 567 distribution containers for KCSE, which is an additional 82 compared to last year.
Below is a roundup of how the exams started.
In Murang’a 31,269 candidates are sitting KCSE exams this year which will be administered in 486 centres.
Murang’a County Commissioner Patrick Mukuria assured the heavy rains pounding the region will not affect the administration of the exams
Mukuria who spoke after witnessing the opening of the examination container at Kahuro on Monday said many parts of the county since last week have been experiencing heavy rains but assured that resources have been mobilised to ensure examination papers reach all centres on time.
“This region has been experiencing heavy rains and this has affected some roads but we have ensured there are vehicles with ability to move in rough and muddy roads to transport examination papers,” he asserted.
In Busia, it was all systems go in 173 centers across the County.
Busia County Commissioner’s office premises, the County Commissioner (CC) Kipchumba Ruto advised the center managers to stick to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) regulations and avoid any irregularities and malpractices.
“I must say that it is all systems go for the County of Busia for the 2023 KCSE. We have briefed all security officers, TSC and Education officials who are charged with the administration and management of the examinations,” he said.
The CC noted that the County has received a lot of rains but no flooding situation has been experienced in Bunyala Sub County.
“We are also ready for any emergencies like cases of pregnancies and illnesses so that the affected candidates can sit for their examinations in appropriate places,’ he said.
in Malindi, the government has assured Kenyans that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure all Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations take the tests despite the current enhanced rains and insecurity in some areas.
Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Chief Executive Officer Charles Ong’ondo, said adequate transport facilities including helicopters, have been put in place to ensure the examination papers and the candidates access the various centres.
Prof. Ong’ondo, who sits in the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) board, said the Ministry of Interior had assured KNEC and the country that all areas affected by insecurity would be properly secured to ensure that all candidates do the exams without interference.
“The Ministry of Interior has assured us and the country that security had been enhanced in all areas to ensure that the candidates are not interfered with,” he said, adding that the examinations would run as scheduled.
Additional reporting by KNA