No se­cu­rity breach in Ke­rio dur­ing ex­ams

Po­lice are pro­vid­ing 24-hour se­cu­rity to pro­tect stu­dents in the raid-prone area

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Riftvalley - STEPHEN RUTTO @sk_rutto

KCPE ex­ams went on well in the Ke­rio Val­ley, de­spite in­se­cu­rity chal­lenges, Ed­u­ca­tion PS Be­lio Kip­sang has said.

He said po­lice of­fi­cers guarded at least 15 ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres, pre­vent­ing any dis­rup­tion of the ex­ams.

“I am happy to note that can­di­dates in the Ke­rio Val­ley where we have se­cu­rity chal­lenges did their ex­ams suc­cess­fully,” the PS said.

He spoke yes­ter­day dur­ing an exam mon­i­tor­ing visit to the Iten Pri­mary School and Iten School for the Deaf.

Kip­sang said the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry worked with the In­te­rior min­istry to se­cure the ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres.

“This year, our ex­am­i­na­tions have been ex­e­cuted in a unique en­vi­ron­ment. We have worked with other min­istries and stake­hold­ers to bring back the in­tegrity of na­tional ex­ams,” he said.

The exam has recorded fewer chal­lenges com­pared to pre­vi­ous years, Kip­sang said.

The PS said a su­per­vi­sor, in­vig­i­la­tors and a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at an exam cen­tre in Marak­wet West have been asked to record state­ments, fol­low­ing re­ports that a stranger ac­cessed a stor­age room on Wed­nes­day to steal exam pa­pers.

It was re­ported that the exam of­fi­cials at Kaplenge Pri­mary School went to take tea, leav­ing the ma­te­ri­als un­guarded. “For­tu­nately, the in­tegrity of the exam was not tam­pered with,” Kip­sang said.

El­geyo Marak­wet county com­mis­sioner Fredrick Ndambuki said se­cu­rity agen­cies pro­vided 24-hour se­cu­rity to all schools in the Ke­rio Val­ley.

“We made sure that se­cu­rity was very tight. We shall en­sure 24-hour se­cu­rity is sus­tained un­til the end of the KCSE ex­ams,” he said.


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