Over 600,000 KCSE Candidates Start 2017 Tests Today



Over  600,000  Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates have begun their 2017 examinations this morning.Also See:Job Opportunity-Plan International

The candidates’ first paper was mathematics alternative ‘A’ exam which kicked at at 8am followed by Chemistry paper that they sat for at 11.30am on Monday.

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i saw the start of the examinations in Kericho County where he oversaw the distribution of papers.Related Story:Over 1M KCPE Candidates Start Exams Amid Fears of Political Chaos

Practical examinations started last week Thursday, according to  Knec chair Prof George Magoha who  said all exams will be administered under strict guidelines meant to curb cheating.

Candidates include 1,404 special needs students who will use braille and large print examination materials.A number of  21,828 invigilators were listed to ensure a smooth process.

This years’ number is the biggest since the inception of the subsidized secondary education.

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Nancy Macharia,TSC CEO oversaw the opening of containers in which the papers were stored in Uasin Gishu County.She said that principals are the only ones allowed to collect the exams as that was among the measures the ministry has put in place to curb irregularities.

Enough preparations were made to deal with any challenges that could have been caused by the heavy rains being experienced in some parts of the country.To Read:NHIF Beneficiaries Will Now Access Any Hospital Without Adding An Extra Coin

According to Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang,five helicopters were on standby and would be used to ferry test papers to areas that may be inaccessible via road.

Two helicopters were deployed in the morning  to dispatch the exams in Mandera while two more were deployed in Kwale and MarsabitOpportunity:Jobs and Vacancies in African Union (For Kenyans)

Kipsang said the Kenya Defence Forces and police were collaborating to keep thwart any threats adding that the government has put in place enough security  to curb exam leakage and cheating.

At least 1,259 candidates will be sitting for the exams in Isiolo County,21,882n in Meru County and 9,127 candidates in Tharaka Nithi County including 4,694 girls and 4,433 boys.

The exams which end on November 29, are being administered in 9,350 centers countrywide.


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