, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 – The 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations kicked off countrywide Monday amid tight security to curb cheating which was rampant last year.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) said 577,000 candidates had registered for the examinations.
In Murang’a County, the opening a container with the exam papers was supervised by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as KNEC Chairman Professor George Magoha conducted the same in Nakuru.
Matiang’i said the ministry has put in place tough reform measures aimed at eliminating cheating which led to the disqualification of thousands of candidates last year.
Under the new KNEC regulations, supervisors and invigilators were vetted by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to ensure they have no criminal record before they were cleared to take part.
To stop teachers from colluding with candidates to cheat, Matiang’i further directed that head teachers and principals be in charge of examination centers with the help of supervisors.
The ministry also banned communication between candidates and any other people who might be out to influence.
Cheating cases attract stiff penalties, with those impersonating candidates would be fined Sh2 million or risk a two-year jail term or both.