, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – This year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams kicked off smoothly across the country on Tuesday morning with over a million candidates sitting for their Mathematics, English Language and Composition papers.
Distribution of examination materials across the country began at dawn with candidates sitting the papers in 28,566 centres.
In Nairobi, the students in most schools exuded confidence that they would be successful in their endeavours with most school principals indicating that everything had been done to ensure the process was smooth.
“My name is Alex Otieno… we have faith in ourselves as we were studying with the help of our teachers and we put everything in our studies,” the students at the Moi Avenue Primary School said.
The situation was the same in Kisumu with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Chief Executive Officer Julius Jwan saying that the process started on a high note devoid of any challenges.
“So far I have talked to several sub-county Directors of Education across Nyanza and the exams have started peacefully; the papers were there on time and the weather also was very good in the morning,” he stated.
At the Coast and in Ukambani, education officials and police said they are expecting exams to proceed without any interference.
In the meantime, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has warned students, parents and teachers from engaging in any form of exam cheating malpractice during the ongoing KCPE examinations.
Speaking in Makueni where he kicked off the exercise, Matiangi stated that tough action will be taken against anyone found culpable.
“We have made even more changes in the manner in which we are delivering the exam this year and we will see even more changes when it comes to the manner in which we are going to process the results because we are interested in great accuracy and greater credibility in the manner in which we assess our students,” he said.
He further stated that measures have been put in place to ensure the examinations proceed smoothly.
“This time round, all interest and attention must be given to the welfare of our children and then we will have time for other things as we move along. We have been working hard on this preparing for this exercise for the last 12 months. I promise you we are going to have the same kind of focus in our education system.”
The exams started amid fears of chaos in some parts of the country following Monday’s announcement of the disputed repeat Presidential results.
Several senior government officials among them Cabinet Secretaries opened the exam seals in various parts of the country as a show of confidence.
Police headquarters said they have liaised with the examination council to ensure safety in all schools.
Security has also been heightened in areas prone to banditry.
There was tension and riots in parts of Nairobi’s informal settlements on Monday night shortly after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Uhuru Kenyatta as the president-elect.
Police said incidents were reported in Kibera, Kawangware, Limuru, Roysambu, Embakasi, Luckysummer, Babadogo and Mathare.