Parents, candidates and the entire education fraternity in Narok County have been assured of tight security during the oncoming national examinations.
Speaking to the press after chairing a security meeting in his office, Narok County commissioner Mr Samuel Kimiti said that each of the 719 examinations centers in the county had been provided with two security officers to provide security during the exams.
The administrator gave a stern warning to anyone who is contemplating to cheat in the exams that the law will take its course.
“It is important for the children to sit for these exams in a secure environment devoid of cheating. We are ready and set and don`t want to go where we were before where examination cheating was the order of the day,” he said.
Kimiti said both the education ministry and the security team have come up with various strategies to ensure the examination process goes on smoothly.
He also urged parents to support their children, especially those in day schools both materially and psychologically in order to ensure they go through the exams boldly.
He said 24,328 students will be sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in the county this year which is an increase of 1,701 candidates as compared to 2018 where 22,627 candidates sat for the same examination.
A similar increase has also been noted in Secondary schools with 8,209 candidates expected to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, up from 7,703 candidates last year.
“With Narok being prone to early marriages and teen pregnancies, we have been conducting special campaigns especially to inform the girl child the importance of education,” he added.
The Kenya National Examination Council data shows that approximately 1.7 million candidates have been listed to sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
By Mabel Keya-Shikuku/Kevin Bogita