The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination kicked off smoothly in Kwale County this morning with 22,000 candidates expected to sit for it.
Kwale County Commissioner (CC) Joseph Kanyiri together with the Sub-County Director of Education Josiah Kilei and other officials witnessed the opening of the examination container at the county headquarters at 6.00 am.
The CC who is overseeing the distribution of the exam papers amid tight security cautioned candidates to avoid exam malpractices as doing so could destroy their future.
Kanyiri noted that security has been enhanced in all exam centres in the 20 wards across Kwale County and that they did not anticipate any troubles.
He said the examinations are being taken under strict adherence to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) protocols noting that the government was ensuring the safety of everyone taking part in the exercise.
The exam centre managers arrived at the county’s headquarters at 5.30 am to collect the sealed examination papers for Mathematics, English and English composition. Mr. Kanyiri said the opening of the exam containers simultaneously took place in Matuga, LungaLunga, Kinango, Msambweni and Samburu sub-counties.
The administrator gave an assurance of credible examination stressing all necessary measures including guaranteeing tight security and enough vehicles had been taken.
He said only school heads, supervisors, invigilators and security personnel are allowed into the exam centres and anybody else must keep off to avert any exam malpractices.
“I have not heard of any sick or pregnant candidate but should there arise any in the course of the exam period, we are ready and we shall ensure that such a candidate continues with the exams accordingly,” he assured.
Mr. Kanyiri and his team later visited Kwale primary school where they wished the candidates success urging them to desist from engaging in any malpractices that could dent their academic endeavors.
by Melinda Kirwa and Hussein Abdullahi