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Candidates assured of security

Candidates sitting for national examinations this year in Trans Nzoia County have been assured of maximum security throughout the examination period.

Area County Commissioner (CC), Mr. Gideon Oyagi, made the assurance Monday morning outside his office building, where he presided over the opening of examination containers for the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KEPSEA), which kicked off countrywide.

Addressing members of the press immediately after the container opening exercise, CC Oyagi disclosed that the county security team had deployed a total of 1,198 security officers to all examination centres.

The container was opened at exactly 6 a.m.

“We have deployed a total of 1,198 security officers who are under strict instructions to ensure the KCPE and KEPSEA examinations are done within a conducive and peaceful environment,” said Oyagi, adding that each examination centre will be manned by two security officers.

With the onset of enhanced short rains in the region, the county boss further assured the candidates that the county team, led by the education department, had put in place adequate measures aimed at ensuring the examination papers were delivered to all the centres in time.

“We have allocated adequate vehicles for the examination exercise, including the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), which will officially start next week,” stated Oyagi.

Speaking at the same venue, County Director of Education (CDE), Mrs. Pamela Akelo, revealed that a total of 31,524 candidates are sitting for the KEPSEA exam in the county, with a further 35,718 candidates in the county among the 39th and last group of learners that is writing the last KCPE.

“The KEPSEA examination is being conducted in 599 centres, while 508 centres were set aside for the KCPE examination,” CDE Akello told the press, exuding confidence that the county will report none of the malpractices associated with the national exercise.

The two officers, accompanied by education officers, toured and made stop-overs at several schools within the county just to ensure the exercise was going on as per the guidelines set by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).

By Maurice Aluda

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