KCPE exam starts to­day, as min­istry se­cures test ma­te­ri­als

The Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry has taken mea­sures to curb cheat­ing in na­tional ex­ams, in­clud­ing mak­ing head teach­ers and county ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tors li­able for mal­prac­tices

The Star (Kenya) - - News - HENRY WANYAMA @hwanyama1

Novem­ber is the ex­clu­sive ex­am­i­na­tion month and 952,445 KCPE exam can­di­dates are sit­ting for the as­sess­ment from to­day to Thurs­day.

Some 577,079 KCSE exam can­di­dates will face the test from Novem­ber 7-30.

Af­ter last year’s un­prece­dented leak­age and cheat­ing, Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i has as­sured Kenyans of strin­gent mea­sures to re­store cred­i­bil­ity.

Head teach­ers will be exam cen­tre man­agers in the 26,308 KCPE cen­tres coun­try­wide.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is work­ing along­side that of ICT and In­ter­nal se­cu­rity for round-the-clock mon­i­tor­ing of exam pa­pers.

“You are di­rectly ac­count­able, re­spon­si­ble and an­swer­able for any ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tices that will take place in your in­sti­tu­tion,” Knec act­ing CEO Mercy Karogo said.

The guide­lines add that head teach­ers, county and sub­county di­rec­tors of ed­u­ca­tion are jointly ac­count­able for all ex­am­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als.

Karogo said, “We do not ex­pect can­di­dates to en­gage in steal­ing of ex­am­i­na­tions. Par­ents and ev­ery­body should al­low the can­di­dates to score their right­ful grades.”

The cred­i­bil­ity and in­tegrity of the ex­ams will be en­hanced with a cheat- ing-free process, she added.

Even be­fore the ex­am­i­na­tion started, Knec chair­man Ge­orge Magoha on Sun­day cau­tioned can­di­dates against be­ing duped to buy fake KCPE exam pa­pers.

A teacher in Mig­ori county was caught sell­ing an English exam pa­per to a pupil of Rongo Pri­mary School.

“We wish to no­tify the pub­lic that some of th­ese pa­pers have been sent to the coun­cil, which has scru­ti­nised them and found that all of them are fake,” Magoha said.

In the past, po­lice ar­mouries acted as exam dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres where leak­ages orig­i­nated.

This time round, the govern­ment bought and placed 346 con­tain­ers in all sub­coun­ties.

The con­tain­ers are un­der 24-hour po­lice guard to pre­vent pil­fer­age.

The metal con­tain­ers have three keys held by the sub­county com­mis­sioner and county di­rec­tors of ed­u­ca­tion to limit con­tact by the po­lice and other per­sons.

/JEAN­NETTE AKINYI

Pupils at West­lands Pri­mary School dur­ing KCPE exam re­hearsals yes­ter­day

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