Knec wants pupils trained to care­fully mark exam sheets

‘KCPE an­swer sheets with­out er­rors are marked within 30 days and re­sults ready within the same pe­riod. An­swer sheets with er­rors re­quire an ex­tra 15 days’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - HENRY WANYAMA @TheS­tarKenya

Pri­mary school head teach­ers have been told to en­sure KCPE exam can­di­dates avoid er­rors when shad­ing mul­ti­ple choice an­swer sheets dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tions.

Kenya Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil act­ing CEO Mercy Karogo has asked the more than 30,000 pri­mary school heads in pub­lic and pri­vate schools to teach can­di­dates how to write their in­dex num­bers, names, school name, shade their school code and re­sponses.

Karogo said 182,413 KCPE candi- dates, out of 927,789, had miss­ing marks in 2015.

She said poorly shaded an­swer sheets are re­jected by the com­puter dur­ing mark­ing.

This forces Knec of­fi­cers to reval­u­ate the an­swer sheets man­u­ally to de­ter­mine the can­di­date’s an­swers.

“KCPE an­swer sheets with­out er­rors are marked and com­pleted within 30 days and re­sults ready within the same pe­riod,” Karogo said.

An­swer sheets with er­rors re­quire an ex­tra 15 days to re­mark, she said.

Knec will to­mor­row launch prepa­ra­tions for the 2016 KCPE and KCSE ex­am­i­na­tions. It hopes KCPE can­di­dates and their teach­ers erad­i­cate er­rors on an­swer sheets.

This year’s KCPE ex­ams start on Novem­ber 1-3, while KCSE will run from Novem­ber 7-30.

“Head teach­ers should in­form all can­di­dates that Knec shall not take re­spon­si­bil­ity for any er­rors aris­ing from in­cor­rect use of an­swer sheets,” Karogo said.

The ex­am­i­na­tion coun­cil has posted the sam­ple an­swer sheets on its web­site — www.knec.ac.ke.

Knec ex­pects head teach­ers to en­sure can­di­dates use a pen­cil with a dark shade, not biro or ink pens.

The rules also de­mand that can­di­dates stop writ­ing any other mark on an­swer sheets other than what is re­quired. Can­di­dates should also not soil, tear or fold the an­swer sheets.

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