BY DR FRED MATIANG’I
Before I go into examination matters, I wish to recognise that the education sector in this country has faced a number of challenges in the recent past and my ministry and other education stakeholders will work hand-in-hand starting in the New Year to ensure that the aspirations of Kenyans on matters education are achieved.
I wish to note that the current KCPE syllabus was examined in a total of seven subjects which were tested in nine papers. These were:- English Objective, English Composition, Kiswahili Objective, Kiswahili Insha, Mathematics, Science, Kenyan Sign Language Objective, Kenyan Sign Language Composition, Social Studies and Religious Education.
The 2015 KCPE examination was administered successfully throughout Kenya between the 10th and 12th of November 2015. This achievement was made possible through the concerted efforts of 119,929 contracted professionals who included supervisors, invigilators, security officers and drivers who were engaged to ensure that the administration of the examination was undertaken in accordance with the laid down rules and regulations that govern the conduct of the KCPE examinations.
I also wish to recognise all the government officials who contributed to the successful conduct of this examination including officers from the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, County Directors of Education, MoEST, TSC County Directors, Sub-County Education Officers, Sub-County Examination Officers, and the Monitoring team drawn from KNEC and other Education related institutions.
I further wish to appreciate the 5,630 examiners who were involved in the marking of the English Composition, Kiswahili Insha and Kenyan Sign Language Composition. Special thanks go to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, our security agents including the National Intelligence Service, the Criminal Investigations Department, the Kenya Police, the Administration Police and other security agencies for providing security during the examination. Special mention goes to the Kenya Wildlife Services for providing helicopters to airlift examination materials to areas that had been cut off by flooding occasioned by El Nino rains and areas where there was insecurity such as Kapedo.