By. Musa Bashir
The ministry of Education has announced that preparations for this year’s KCPE and KCSE Examinations that will kick off towards end of october has been completed. According to the Kenya National Examination Council, some 1.8 million candidates will sit for KCPE and KCSE examinations . Out of these , 1,088,987 will sit for KCPE between october 29 and 31 while 699,746 will sit for KCSE whose main papers begin on october 21 until November.
Speaking during a consultative examination forum at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has warned North eastern counties of Garissa, Mandera and Wajir over exam cheating saying that he is aware of plans to help students cheat exams. “I am asking the leaders from North-Eastern please allow our children to do their exams without any interference. I am saying this without fear of contractions can we be serious , why do you want to confuse those children ? ” Said Magoha
Prof. Magoha further said that the examination papers will only be accessed during the examination day and pledged a fair selection immediately after releasing of the results with candidates from marginalized areas given special consideration. “There be no human interference in the formula we produce and we will give student an equal platform” Magoha added
As many parts of the country experiences floods and some facing challenges of insecurity particularly in northern part of the country , there might be a delay of exam materials to reach on time , However Cabinet Secretary for Interior Dr. Fred Matiang’i asured kenyans that they will be using choppers in the distribution of exam materials in order to access the areas affected by the flood water and insecurity. “This years we have more resources and we even have more aircraft which means we will moving around without any problem at all and we anticipate there will be no challenges” Matiang’i said
During the examinations period, Prof Magoha promised to suspend all leaves to education stakeholders in order for the exercise to go on smooth.
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