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Gov’t intensifies security in Laikipia ahead of national exams

The government has intensified security measures in Laikipia County to enhance the seamless operation of the 2021 national examination that kicked off yesterday countrywide.

Laikipia County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri speaking to KNA at his Nanyuki town office on Tuesday, said they had mobilised sufficient security personnel aimed at addressing security needs in the county during the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

“Security officers have been deployed in accordance with Kenya National Examination Council requirements and we have zeroed in on how to deliver a credible 2021 national examinations,” said kanyiri.

The CC urged school heads with big exams centres and more candidates to host schools that have less than 30 candidates in bid to cut logistics and manning costs, revealing that about 71 schools would be co-hosted in the region.

The administrator further called on students who had registered for the national examinations but dropped out of school due to pregnancy or other reasons to turn up and sit for the examinations.

He warned students against breaching school rules during the examination period. “The government policy works towards 100 per cent transition hence we will be hunting down any pupil who registered for an exam and didn’t appear. Even parents will be answerable,” cautioned Kanyiri.

In Laikipia county Kanyiri said about 12,158 students in both public and private schools are expected to sit for KCPE while 9,758 will sit for KCSE. A total of 1,225,693 and 831,026 candidates will sit for KCPE and KCSE in this year’s examination respectively.

KCSE kicked off on Monday 28, 2022 with practical examination and main exams will run from March 4 to April 1, 2022 while KCPE candidates will conduct their rehearsals on Friday March 4 and sit the exam from March 7 to March 9.

By Muturi Mwangi and Cynthia Ronoh

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