The 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination kicked off countrywide.
The KCSE timetable shows that English papers was administered Monday, with Mathematics, General Science and Chemistry papers written on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kiswahili Insha and Chemistry practicals will close the first week of the examination.
Officers overseeing the examination will be expected to be up by 5 am in order to make it to examination centres where they have been assigned.
At least 699,745 candidates will sit for the 2019 KCSE.
Education Cabinet Secretary, professor George Magoha, has indicated that the government will once again deliver as one in the administration of the national examinations in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive.
Professor Magoha has cautioned candidates and parents against any plot to leak the examination.
Magoha said investigations have unearthed a racket involving parents, teachers and other officials to steal the examinations.
The CS said parents in the affected examination centres have contributed money, which they plan to pay supervisors, invigilators and security personnel to facilitate cheating.
“We have information that they plan to bribe supervisors with Sh120, 000, invigilators Sh60, 000 and security officers Sh40, 000 at the affected centres,” he said.
Magoha who declined to name the affected centres for security reasons and in the interest of the students said measures have been put in place to counter the plans.
Speaking in Kisumu on Monday where he opened the examinations container, the CS said security has been beefed up in the area and warned that stern action will be taken against those involved in the vice.
The CS disclosed that the elaborate scheme has sucked in homes adjacent to schools where the masterminds plan to peruse the papers before handing over answers to the students.
“We have just opened the examinations containers. Ideally they have just about an hour to go through the papers and they are not smart enough to get the answers right but this is what they plan to feed our children to justify the money they have received,” he said.
Magoha cautioned students against the fraud saying that they will have themselves to blame.
“You will not get your results so don’t cry and say you were not warned,” he said.
He termed the scheme as a shame to the country given the efforts put in place by the government to deliver credible examinations.
Last month, the ministry identified Kisumu, Kisii, Homa Bay and Migori as examination cheating hot spots. Twelve other counties were also flagged for closer supervision.
The CS said measures have been put in place to ensure that the examinations are conducted smoothly across the country.
Helicopters, he said were on standby to deliver examination materials in Turkana, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Moyale, Tana River, Kajiado and other parts of the country likely to be affected by floods.
Meanwhile, the number of male candidates in Mandera has doubled in the 2019 KCSE.
Mandera county director of education Abdihamid Maalim while opening an examination container in Mandera East Sub County said over 2,800 male candidates are sitting for this year KCSE against 1,300 females.
Maalim said unlike in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) the exercise is running smoothly and all the 62 examination centers will receive the test materials on time.
During the just-concluded KCPE examination some four centres in Mandera West Sub County received the examination materials late during the first day due to inaccessible roads.