A total of 26,117 Kenya Certificate of primary education (KCPE) candidates will sit for national examinations in Kericho County this year.
Kericho County Commissioner Moses Mbaruku said that preparations for the examinations had been finalized and all the candidates were now ready to sit for the national examinations in all the 837 examination centers in the County.
Mr Mbaruku who is also the County chairman of education said that out of the 26,117 KCPE candidates 13,100 were girls while 13,007 are boys.
The County Commissioner made the remarks Saturday at Tulwop Kipsigis in Londiani where the forestry principal secretary P.S. Betty Maina was the chief quest at a tree planting exercise.
Mbaruku said that all the examinations materials for the County had been received and they will be made available at all the 837 examinations starting Tuesday morning for the next three days.
He warned parents in the area against being tricked by examinations fraudsters who are ready to swindle them of their hard earn money in the pretext that they have exams leakages. He said that those who will be nabbed in any form of cheating will be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.
At the same time, the county commissioner said that a total of 17,470 form four candidates will be sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary examinations KCSE in the County.
Mbaruku said that 8,716 of the KCSE candidates are girls, whereas 8,754 are boys. He added that there will be a total of 231 KCSE examination centers in the county.
Meanwhile, Mbaruku has directed all the six Deputy County Commissioners and chiefs in the County to ensure that a tree nursery was established in every chief’s office compound.
He said that the administrators must have more than 500,000 tree seedlings ready for planting during the long rainy season to starting April next year.
By Dominic Cheres