Over 1M KCPE Candidates Start Exams Amid Fears of Political Chaos
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams started smoothly on Tuesday morning amid fears of chaos in some parts of the country following Monday’s announcement of disputed Presidential results. Read Also:Raila To Declare Next Move After Uhuru’s Bittersweet Victory
Security has been beefed up across the country as the distribution of examination materials across the county began in the wee hours.
The exercise went on smoothly in Kisumu County and the process was overseen by the director of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Julius Jwan. The county is among four in Nyanza where no elections took place.
No hitches were reported in the region which was adversely affected by protests against the October 26 repeat election.
Head teachers and security officers thronged various collection points to pick up the day’s papers — English Language and English Composition. Also See:I Will Not Quit Politics-Raila
A total of 1,003,556 pupils who registered for the exams were set to write their tests from Tuesday in 28,566 centres.
Examination officials said they expected the exams to run smoothly without interference from members of the public. On security, the director said they have enough officers who have already been dispatched to various examination centres within the county.
The candidates will sit for the Science, Kiswahili Lugha and Kiswahili Insha papers on Wednesday and end with Social Studies and Religious Studies on Thursday. Also Read:7 Steps of Effectively Dealing with Office Gossip
This year,a candidate’s photo wil be included on the on answer sheets and the index number of the pupils has also been printed on answer sheets among other changes.
20 modern scanning machines have been provided by the government and they are expected to improve speed and accuracy when processing the examinations.
No politician will be allowed in the schools during the three-day examination period.
150,249 candidates in Nyanza sat for the exams today,which marks an increase by 14,156 candidates from last year’s, according to education regional coordinator Richard Chepkawai. This was attributed by the payment of exam fees by the governmentas in the previous years some candidates were forced to drop because they could not raise the registration fee.
Several senior government officials among them CSs opened seals of exams in various parts of the country as a show of confidence.Police Killed Over 30 During Demos,Human Right Groups Claim
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.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i has assured Kenyans of security during the conduct of KCPE and KCSE examinations.
The CS spoke on Tuesday morning when he supervised the distribution of KCPE papers in Makueni county.
Matiang’i was accompanied by Health CS Cleopa Mailu.
The two witnessed the opening of the storage container for Makueni sub-county exams in Wote town.
He said the ministry has such containers across the country to facilitate the timely and smooth delivery of examination materials.
According to ‘The Star’, the CS cautioned head teachers who had come to collect examination materials not to allow themselves to be used by exam cheats.
“We do not want your efforts as teachers to be wasted by those in our midst who are not interested in the welfare of our children,” he said.
The CS visited Unoa primary, ACK Wote Boarding, Emanuel Springs academy and other schools to monitor the progress of the distribution.
Matiang’i said he will spend the day in the county.
A KCPE candidate shot by police last week in Homa Bay county was also set to sit his exam in hospital. Titus Odhiambo, 15, is admitted at Homa Bay County Referral Hospital.
He was shot in the chest by riot police during protests against the repeat presidential election last Thursday in Sindo Township, Suba south Subcounty.No Dialogue With Raila,The Ballot Will Tell It All-UhuRuto
Odhiambo,who is a pupil at Sindo Baptist Academy underwent surgery to remove the bullet on Friday.
Hospital matron Ruth Otieno yesterday said Odhiambo sustained serious injuries in the respiratory tract.“The bullet interfered with his respiratory system, hence he had difficulty breathing. We put him under oxygen for 24 hours before we conducted the operation,” she said.Otieno said the boy’s condition is improving and he will be able to sit the exam.