Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) kicked-off on Monday, February 28th, 2022 with practical examination, as the rest of the exam are to start, today, Friday 4th to April 1st, while the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates will conduct their rehearsal, today, Friday 4th of March and sit for their exams as from 7th to 9th of March 2022.
Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) announced that 12,265,507 candidates have enrolled for the 2021 KCPE while 831,015 will sit this year’s KCSE exams.
Before Covid-19, Kenya had good structured system of education which ran from January to December for both primary and secondary.
School calendar had to change when the pandemic surfaced in the country, where learning institutes were forced to close for long break that led to change in the academic calendar.
Security is one among other strategies that the Government has put in place to ensure 2021 exams are administered devoid of severe hitches.
The Government has heightened security measures across the country to enhance safety of the national examination administration, which kicked-off on 28th February 2022 country wide.
Speaking to KNA, Laikipia County Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Kanyiri said that security officers have been deployed as required by the Kenya National Examination Council and have zeroed-in carefully on how to deliver a credible 2021 national examination.
He warned students against breaking school rules or being tempted to cheat during examination period, warning that for students who registered for exams and did not appear, both parents and the learner will be answerable.
At the coast, it is all system go as the government has put across more effort to ensure seamless and safe examination period.
The Coast Regional Commissioner, Mr. John Elungata, speaking during his tour to Taita Taveta County early this Month, said the government has adequate security personnel during examination period to curb any examination malpractices and irregularities.
He said exams will be put in containers with tight security and the Deputy County Commissioners and Sub-county Directors of education, being the only people allowed to have the keys to containers.
Elungata revealed that the government has put in place watertight measures to curb cheating during exams.
In North Rift Region, the government has put all stake holders on alert alongside strengthening security, so as to provide a conducive environment for candidates sitting for their exams.
Speaking after holding a meeting with the Rift Valley Regional Security Committee members, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, Mr. Maalim Mohammed, said security has been strengthen in region where common cases of violent attacks were reported to ensure both officials and candidates sat for their exams safely.
By Veronica Ondere