Supervises KCPE exam
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has lived up to his promise to personally supervise the national examinations to curb cheating. He pitched tent in Vihiga county as the KCPE exam started yesterday. A host of senior Education ministry directors joined the CS to supervise the exam in other regions.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i has lived up to his promise to personally supervise the national examinations to curb cheating.
He pitched tent in Vihiga county as the KCPE exam started yesterday. A host of senior Education ministry directors joined the CS to supervise the exam in other regions.
In Emuhaya subcounty, Vihiga, Matiang’i witnessed head teachers collect maths, English language and composition papers at 5am.
Other senior education officials supervising exams are Higher Education PS Collette Suda in Migori, Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang (Coast), Technical, Vocational and Education Training PS Dinah Mwinzi (Embu), Education Director General Leah Rotich (Nyeri) and Nomadic Education director Eliash Abdi (Busia)
Others are Quality Assurance director Pius Mutisya (Kisii), Basic Education director Habat Abdi (Isiolo), East African Policy Affairs director Darius Mogaka (Kakamega) and Adult Education’s Irraneous Kinara (Kitui).
The Kenya National Examination Council members are also supervising the exam.
In May, the CS promised to set aside all his ministerial duties to supervise national exams. “I will be at the exam centres myself, working with the supervisors. Principal Secretaries, directors from the ministry and I will work together to ensure we deliver credible results this time. All of us will be on duty,” Matiang’i had said.
Police manned exam distribution centres in the past, where many exam leakages were detected.
This time round, the government bought and placed 346 containers in all subcounties to store the exam papers to act as the new distribution centres.
The containers are under 24-hour police guard to stop leakages.
For many years, exams have been a high stake event for candidates and teachers, who would do anything to get good grades. But the government’s close supervision this year has altered the high stakes to credibility and integrity of the process.
Matiang’i also made impromptu visits to Shalom Academy, Kiringili, and Chango primary schools in Vihiga county.
At Kiringili he said, “Exam papers should be picked at the same time.”
Maths was the first paper. It ran from 8.30am to 10.30am.
Last year’s results for 5,101 KCSE and 2,000 KCPE candidates were cancelled over malpractices. This led to the sacking of senior managers at Knec.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has also warned against cheating in exams.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i chats with a pupil at Chango Primary School, Vihiga county, yesterday. He made impromptu visits to Shalom Academy, Kilingili and Chango primary schools