Tharaka Nithi Director of Education (CDE) Bridget Wambua has revealed that the county is well prepared and ready for the national examinations next week.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will kick off from November 28 to 31 while Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) from November 21 to December 23 starting with the English paper.
She revealed that some practical exams have already commenced in Secondary schools as of Monday 21.
The County Director of Education told the media that they have completed training all stakeholders involved in conducting the examinations and are ready for the task.
“We have already briefed and trained center managers, supervisors and invigilators who will be involved in conducting the examinations,” she said.
Wambua disclosed that there are 492 centres for KPSEA, 430 for KCPE, 159 for KCSE and 10 adult centres throughout the county.
The CDE noted that there is a similar education gap with just a slight difference between boys and girls in all the exams, an improvement from previous years.
The total number of those sitting for exams in the county stands at 36,880 with 11,458 candidates sitting for KPSEA, 12,773 for KCPE, 12,577 for KCSE with 72 candidates from the Adult Centre.
She assured the government has put in place the necessary measures to ensure there is no cheating during the examinations. She cautioned students to refrain from trying to access examination materials for answers before the exams.
“What you have learnt so far is enough, believe in yourself and do whatever you can, we will take serious action on those who will be found cheating,” she said.
Wambua asked invigilators to be very keen during exams and not to accept any form of cheating.
She urged parents, especially those of day-scholars to be cooperative and ensure the students arrive in school on time for their papers.
“Parents should ensure the students are well fed and have had enough sleep to enable them start the exams on a good note,” she said.
By Sharon Gitau