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Chopper delivers KCSE papers in the border centres

Massive security and personnel have been deployed as some 824,392 candidates in 10,384 centres countrywide started taking their life changing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination today.

County Education Directors have also ensured that there is smooth running of the examinations in an exercise that has seen multi-agency teams deployed to ensure the credibility of the exam.

Mandera County Director of Education Abdi sheikh leads other officials through the list of examination centres where a chopper will be deployed to distribute the papers. Photo by Charles Matacho

The government has deployed a helicopter to deliver KCSE papers to far-flung centres along the Kenya-Somalia border.

Mandera County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha said the examination is being delivered to Lafey, Arabia and Fino and other far -flung areas bordering both Somalia and Ethiopia.

Kyatha who was speaking after opening the examination container at Mandera East Sub County assured the public that the government has deployed enough security personnel to all examination centres to ensure smooth running during the examination period.

“We have deployed enough security personnel to all examination centres, we have a chopper here distributing examination to far-flung areas this is to ensure smooth running and so far all the 56 examination centres have received their examination,” said Kyatha.

Kyatha also warned teachers, examination managers and students of involving in examination irregularities as this will automatically lead to cancellation of their results as well as facing the law.

“Do not be fooled by cartels to engage in examination malpractices because these Cartels want money from you, government has done enough to ensure the exam is secure,” added Kyatha.

The law states that anyone found guilty of examination malpractices will be disqualified from taking the entire examination and prohibited from taking an examination for a period not exceeding three years.

Mandera County Director of Education Abdi sheikh has confirmed that government has put a plan to ensure no candidate miss examination by providing food and other basic needs to candidates from vulnerable households.

4317 students are sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in all 56 centres in Mandera.

Elsewhere, some 22,755 candidates in Migori County will be sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) this morning.

Speaking during the distribution of exams to centre managers in Suna East Sub County, Migori County Commissioner Mr. Mwangi Meru said that 12 containers are located in the ten sub counties to ensure safety and promptness in terms of exam distribution.

Migori County will have 12,158 boys and 10,597 girls that will be sitting for this year’s exams in the county. Migori County has 299 centres that will be properly managed. He said that his security team and education officials will be moving around the county to monitor the progress of exams.

Security across neighbouring Nyamira County has been heightened as Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) begins across the country.

Nyamira South Sub County Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Julius Otieno, while opening the Kenya National Examination (KNEC) container where the exam papers are stored confirmed that they have sufficient security to ensure that the examination is conducted without any hitches or insecurity incidents throughout the examination period.

Mr. Otieno warned Centre managers against tampering with the examination process of dire consequences and urged them to ensure the examination papers are well kept in one of the examination classrooms where they are readily visible by the security officers and not in offices or staffrooms.

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers were issued from 6a.m, after the opening of the container in Gucha, Kisii County.

While presiding over the opening, Gucha Deputy County Commissioner Emanuel Ngala told the school heads who had come to pick English and Chemistry exam papers for their respective examination centers to observe exam regulations.

He reminded them to keep phones off in exams rooms and always ensure their exam center gates are open throughout examination hours.

Gucha has a total of 1258 candidates sitting for the 2021 KCSE exams, boys accounting for 51 per cent (648 boys) of gender variance.

By KNA team

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