NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – The Kenya Certificate for Primary Education Examinations kicked off early on Tuesday without major hitches or incidents being reported.
A spot check by Capital News in schools around the city showed that exams began on time as scheduled, the first paper being Mathematics.
Njoroge Ithagu who is the Deputy Principal at the Nairobi Primary School told Capital News that he was impressed by the level of preparations of the students.
He said that he was confident of good results in the end.
Njoroge said: “All our candidates have reported. Our invigilators are all there… we started the exams on time and all finished with the same calmness that we started with.”
“We look forward with anticipation as we are optimistic that the students were well prepared,” he added.
Students interviewed after the Mathematics paper also gave positive sentiments of their expectations in the exams.
“The English paper has been quite fair and we are hopeful of good results, our teachers actually prepared us well,” are the sentiments that the new team got at the Nairobi Primary School after the first paper.
Some 777,820 candidates are sitting this year’s examination that will be administered in 22,153 centres countrywide.
The number of pupils taking the exams has been increasing annually, with 754,108 pupils recorded in 2010.
During the KCPE exams, pupils write five papers. They tackled Mathematics, English Language and Composition on Tuesday followed by Science, Kiswahili Language and Insha on Wednesday.
Kenyan Sign Language and Composition will also be done on the same day, simultaneously with Kiswahili Language and Insha.
On the last day of the exam (Thursday), the pupils will sit Social Studies and Religious Education papers.
Kenya National Examinations Council secretary Paul Wasanga said the exam papers dispatch to the far-flung centres started last Friday.
“Helicopters have been used to airlift the materials in areas currently experiencing heavy rains,” he said, adding that papers to Kauda in Southern Sudan had already been airlifted.