, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – Class eight candidates on Tuesday morning started their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
The three-day national examinations will be undertaken amid tight security measures introduced to curb cheating which has been rampant in recent years.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has assured that there are no leakages for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations.
KNEC chairman George Magoha has since warned that stern action will be taken against anyone found selling or buying fake examination papers.
952,472 candidates are expected to write the examinations with the new rules coming in place following years of malpractices that threatened the quality of education in the country.
26,308 centres have been secured across the country for the exams and among the 952,472 candidates, 473,719 are girls and 478,753 boys.
All schools were closed on Friday, October 28th 2016, to pave way for the nationwide start of the exams with all teachers not participating in the exams told to keep off.
All clipboards and geometrical sets were also banned from exam rooms with candidates required to carry their instruments and writing materials in a clear see-through plastic paper bag.