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No exam irregularities, Belio

Ministry of Education State Department for Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang on Tuesday supervised the opening of a container holding Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) examination papers at the Ngong Sub-County Headquarters, Kajiado North.

Accompanied by a team of officials from the Ministry, the PS led his team to unseal and distribute examination materials, further allaying any concern about exam irregularities in the process.

He reiterated his commitment to transparency and security, setting a tone of assurance for students, parents, and educators alike.

Kipsang, who visited Ngong Township Girls and Boys Primary School, emphasised the government’s determination to secure and deliver the exams seamlessly.

In his address, the PS acknowledged the challenges posed by the unpredictable weather during the morning and the previous day when the national examinations formally commenced.

“The drizzling rain, though an unwelcome guest, failed to dampen the spirits of those gathered because they had a sense of collective purpose in the face of adversity,” the PS said.

“We are grateful that the process so far has been smooth. Monday also went well, apart from a few incidences of rain in Marsabit and some parts of Wajir County, but still, the examinations were done.” He noted.

He further noted that the government had adequately prepared and mobilised in those areas and was able to deploy helicopters to ensure that every student was able to do the examinations at the end of the day.

The PS further said that the rains were also realised in some parts of Kajiado North Sub County, but this did not affect their preparedness in ensuring that every child was able to sit for their exams.

He went on to underscore the importance of this examination in Kenya’s education sector, being the last in the 844 system and the one that will transition learners to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

“This is our last KCPE, as you are all aware, and quite a number of us have gone through the system, which has served us well as a country. The only thing we needed, as we are part of the global community, was to align ourselves with what happens across the globe so that our children benefit from mobility.

That is why we transited to CBC so that we could also build the competencies and skills that are required by our country as we move forward,” Kipsang concluded.

By Gworo Alice

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