The Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations (KCPE) rehearsals kicked off Monday with 1,088,987 candidates expected to take part in this years’ exams which will officially begin on Tuesday through to Thursday 31st.
On Tuesday, the candidates will begin with mathematics paper at 8:30am; English section A starts 11:00 am and English Section B starts 2:30 PM.
On Wednesday, Science starts 8:30 am; Kiswahili Lugha starts 11:10 am and Kiswahili Insha B starts 2:10 PM. Thursday Social Studies and R.E sStarts 8:30 am.
Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha warned that stern action will be taken against those intending to compromise the examination process.
Prof Magoha put on notice those planning to take part in exam irregularities, especially in areas flagged as possible cheating hotspots.
His Interior counterpart Dr Fred Matiang’i said that he will be on duty throughout the exam duration, vowing not to tolerate any mistake from teachers or security teams dispatched to the various counties to oversee the examinations.
The examinations come even as most areas in the country continue to be affected by floods.
In Nyeri, it’s all systems go as some 18,325 candidates are set to sit for this year’s KCPE.
Nyeri County Commissioner, Yatich Kipkemei, said 881 security officers had been deployed to oversee a flawless administration of the examinations both KCPE and KCSE in all the 748 centers.
Kipkemei dispelled fears the recent crackdown of unsafe schools by the Ministry of Education that saw 27 of them closed in Nyeri, had not affected any candidate.
He at the same time said the ongoing heavy rains will in no way affect delivery of examination materials as no area in the county had been adversely affected through flooding or being cut off.
The CC said it was only in Kieni Constituency where some of the roads had been affected though to a minimal level that poses no big challenge for the exercise.
“The only area where we might have very minimal challenge is Kieni where some of the roads are not very good,” the CC said, adding that all the necessary measures had been put in place to ensure smooth and timely delivery of examination materials.
Bureti Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Alfet Jillo has cautioned the sub-county’s 6, 695 KCPE candidates against cheating.
Speaking to KNA at her office in Litein town at the Deputy County Commissioner’s headquarters Mrs. Jillo said the candidates, 3, 377 of whom were girls, ought to demonstrate honesty in their KCPE warning them of prosecution if found culpable of examination offences.
“The candidates sitting for their KCPE in Bureti sub-county should not attempt to cheat in their examinations. There are dire consequences as stipulated by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) act which is very clear to those candidates who will be involved in deceitful and dishonest practices. They risk jail terms, fines or cancellation of their examination.” said Mrs. Jillo.
The government administrator added that the sub-county was well prepared and ready to handle any emergencies during the three days examination is set to run.
She assured parents, candidates and the entire education fraternity in the sub-county of tight security saying there was a satisfactory number of invigilators, supervisors and security officers to oversee the national examination in the 171 centers across the area.
“We are ready and set for this examination and it is important for the KCPE candidates to sit their exams in a secure environment. The 171 examination centers in the sub-county will each be provided with two security officers. Security will be tight within and around the schools. Before entering their examination rooms, the candidates will undergo thorough frisking and no supervisor or invigilator will be allowed to have their phones,” she added.
She revealed that in 2018, the sub-county had 6, 460 candidates who sat for their KCPE and the number has increased by 235 candidates this year.
“The number of girls sitting for their KCPE has improved. In 2019, Bureti sub-county has registered 6, 695 candidates for KCPE, the number of girls being 3, 377. In 2018 we had 6, 460 candidates who sat for their KCPE with the number of girls being 3, 217. We have been conducting regular barazas to sensitize the residents on the importance of educating girl-child,” she added.
The KNEC statistics show that approximately 1, 088, 986 candidates are registered to sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam.