, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 – More than 700,000 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination candidates took part in rehearsals for the national tests that are set to kick off on Tuesday.
The KCPE examinations, to be conducted in over 20,000 centres countrywide, will comprise five papers including Mathematics, English language and Composition on Tuesday, followed by Science, Kiswahili language and Insha on Wednesday.
The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga said surveillance has been intensified in Nairobi, Eastern, North Eastern, Rift Valley, Coast and Nyanza provinces to prevent cheating.
“Security of examinations is actually a national issue. It is not just about KNEC. That is why each year, we are given security to ensure that everything runs smoothly,” he said.
He said examination materials had already been transported to the assessment centres.
“All the materials have been delivered safely to the distribution centres. We had no problem except in North-Horr yesterday (Sunday) where it was difficult to reach; we had to use helicopters to deliver the examination papers,” he said.
He further assured parents and students that every measure had been taken to ensure the examinations proceed smoothly.
“The whole process has been smooth and we thank God for that, and we also thank the stakeholders who have assisted us to manage the process,” he stated.
Capital News did a spot check on some schools in Nairobi where pupils were confident of excelling in the examinations.
“Minds are not inherited; they are developed so it is our duty to develop them through the help of our teachers. Our fathers can be the smartest mathematicians and scientists but we will not inherit their minds,” said Stephen Omondi, a pupil at the Nairobi Milimani Primary school.
“Everybody has been working hand in hand with the teachers to pass. We have been doing mock exams which have been training us what to expect so I do not think anyone in this school should have a problem,” Thomas Kamau, his colleague added.
In Nyanza, a total of 114,905 candidates are set to sit the KCPE examinations.
Area Provincial Director of Education (PDE) Geoffrey Cherongis said there was a slight increment in the enrolment rate compared to last year when 114,119 candidates took the exams.
Cherongis stated that rehearsals were successfully conducted across the province and distribution of exam materials was well on course.
He said speed boats were on standby to transfer exam materials to primary schools in Mfangano and Mageta Islands within Lake Victoria.
The PDE announced that they will be forced to transfer some examination centres that might be marooned by floods during this rainy season that has left hundreds of locals homeless.
At the coast, Provincial Education Director Tom Majani confirmed that the national examinations papers had been dispatched to various centres at the weekend.