NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has announced that all the papers for this week’s examinations have already been dispatched across the country.
KNEC’s Senior Deputy Secretary Edah Muiruri said on Monday that security measures had also been taken care of and the council was ready to offer the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education that begins on Tuesday.
Muiruri said strict measures had been taken to curb cheating in the examinations which would also be monitored by the anti-corruption committee under Bishop Eliud Wabukala.
“In fact I am in charge of examinations and as I speak to you, these exams have reached all the centres. I have used containers to ferry by road and I have used planes to ferry in the far flung areas like the North Eastern,” she said.
She however said that in Wajir there were two distribution centres that had been cut off by rains as of Sunday.
“But they have actually told us this morning (Monday) that they should be able to take the examinations to the distribution centres today,” she said.
On the issue of wrong subject registration, she said no candidate would be allowed to sit for a subject they did not study.
“There is a procedure and even if this is brought to you and you notice there is a subject that has been put that is wrong, You can actually sit under what we call protest. You sit your correct paper and then a report is made by the supervisor to say this candidate had registered for this but the nominal roll is showing the wrong subject so candidates don’t have to panic,” she informed the media.
In Coast region, Provincial Education Director Tom Majani noted that there was an increase in the number of candidates sitting the examination from that region this year.
He said 22,668 students would sit the exam compared to 18,614 last year.
”I am concerned with the drop in girls enrolment to the national examination from the province,” he said.
Majani assured candidates that the government had taken enough measures to deal with the torrential rains that have caused havoc in the province.
He however said they would be forced to relocate some examination centres if the rains did not subside.
The most affected areas are Kwale, Kinango, Kilifi and Tana River Counties.
This year’s examinations begin earlier than usual. Previously, they would begin after October 20th.
The exams are scheduled to end on November 14 and over 300,000 candidates were expected to sit for the examination.
“We have no report of any student who will sit the examination from the hospital. But we want to assure candidates that none of them will be cut off from sitting the exam,” KNEC assured.