NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – Over 800,000 Kenya Certificate of Primary School Education (KCPE) candidates on Tuesday began sitting their national examinations across the country.
They started with Mathematics and English papers in the morning before taking up the English Composition paper in the afternoon.
At the Moi Avenue Primary School, a few students who spoke to Capital FM News expressed confidence that they will be successful in the exams.
“I want to thank my parents for taking care of me since I was born until now when I am doing my exams. The papers were good. I gave it my all and I am sure that I will be successful,” Halima Ali, one of the students stated.
“I knew that paper was going to be easy. I prepared for eight years and the end has now come. Since I joined class one, I knew that at one point, I would have to do the KCPE examinations,” she said.
The headmistress of the school Eunice Mlati stated that the pupils were well prepared in the period leading to the examinations.
“As a teacher, I expect good results. But you never know with exams. Sometimes you find that a child could have been doing so well and during the exams, they perform dismally, but we are hoping for good results,” she said.
At the Nairobi Milimani Primary School, the principal Joseph Karuga encouraged the candidates not to engage in any form of cheating during the exams.
“As far as I am concerned, if we are to look at the syllabus, they were well prepared. They are ready to tackle their exams and people have done their job, the teachers, the students and the rest we can leave to God. We do know that once in a while, we have exceptional cases like maybe someone not feeling well and our sympathy will go to them but these are just exceptional cases,” he stated.
According to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), enough security has been provided to ensure that the exams proceed smoothly.
Five inmates at Shimo la Tewa Maximum Prison in Mombasa County who had registered for this year’s KCPE examinations in the meantime failed to turn up for the examinations.
The five were among 40 inmates who had registered for the examination but were released after they completed serving their jail terms.
The Officer in-Charge of Shimo la Tewa Simon Karanja said only one inmate out of the six released turned-up and was allowed to sit for the first Mathematics paper.
Karanja said the other 35 inmates serving life, death row and stealing among other sentences sat for the exams.
Six women are among the inmates writing the exams.
He said all measures have been put in place to ensure the exams proceed without hitches.