, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo says adequate measures are in place to ensure the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations set to start on Tuesday proceed smoothly.
Speaking during a press conference on Monday, Kilonzo stated that sufficient security has been provided for the three-day exam period.
He further pointed out that activities at schools that may interfere with the exams had been suspended to enable the candidates concentrate.
“In fact for the entire week, I have cancelled ministry functions in schools to allow students to sit their examinations in a normal manner,” he said.
“My request is to the national leadership to remember that this is a very trying moment when you are presiding over exams and there are some areas suffering over insecurity,” he added.
He further assured all candidates who were not registered as a result of administrative errors they would be permitted to sit the examinations.
“As a ministry we have directed that all the District Education Officers, County Directors of Education working together with the Kenya National Examination Council should make sure that no child misses their exams as a result of negligence of the school head or principal,” he said.
During the rehearsals taking place on Monday, a few students at Moi Avenue Primary School in Nairobi exuded confidence that they will pass the examinations.
“I was studying very hard and at the same time, I was getting help from my teachers who aided me a lot,” one of the students said.
“I am well prepared and confident that I will pass well and go to a (secondary) school of my choice,” another stated.
Over 800,000 class eight candidates will sit the KCPE exams from Tuesday beginning with Mathematics and English.
Science and Kiswahili papers are planned for Wednesday.
The exams will be administered in 22,783 centres countrywide with Social Studies and Religious Education set for the last day.
Over 60,000 security personnel have been deployed in examination centres across the country.
Assurances were also made that displaced candidates would be allowed to write their examinations wherever they are.
About 22,482 supervisors and 50,242 invigilators have been contracted by KNEC to administer the examinations.
This year’s national examinations are being conducted under a stringent law, which hopes to deter cheating.
The KNEC 2012 Act spells out stiff penalties for persons caught with examination materials before time or those caught conspiring to engage in malpractices.