, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Some 870,244 candidates began their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations with practicals amid tight security to curb cheating and any other illegal activities that may compromise the integrity of the exams.
A statement from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) stated that the candidates will start the examination with French oral and braille examination.
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations will start on October 30.
Candidates are expected to write their KCSE examination theory papers on November 5 and end on November 29.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in the meantime stated that parents of candidates caught with stolen tests during the national examination exercise will be sent to jail.
The President indicated that candidates found cheating in exams will on their part be sent to approved schools and further warned that teachers who get involved in exam malpractices will also be thrown into jail.
He defended measures taken by the Education ministry, saying the Government is justified in beefing up the security at examination centres.