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Tight security in coast region as KCSE exams begins

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC), John Elungata, has assured candidates and exam managers of ample security within the examination centres during this year’s national examinations.

Elungata said that there would be enough security personnel manning all the examination centres and vehicles to transport the examination materials.

He said the exams will be kept in containers with tight police guards and with Deputy County Commissioners (DCCs) and Sub County Directors of Education (SCDE), being the only people allowed to have the keys to the containers.

Some Form Four students will begin their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations this Monday countrywide.

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has announced that 1, 2265, 507, candidates have enrolled for the 2021 KCPE while 831,015 will sit this year’s KCSE exam.

Speaking while on a visit to Taita Taveta County, Elungata said the government is committed to the smooth start of the national exams.

He pointed out that the examinations will be guarded properly by national security officers and police personnel

Elungata who is the Chairman of the Regional Security and Intelligence Committee said the exams will be done under tight security to curb cases of examination malpractices and irregularities.

He revealed that the government has put in place watertight measures to curb cheating in the national examinations.

The Senior Administrator said the government has sent extra security personnel to all schools in the troubled Lamu County, adding that candidates are assured of their safety as they sit for the exams.

The Regional Commissioner said there was enough security for all exam centres, especially those in Lamu, so that learners can sit for their exams in a safe and peaceful environment.

At the same time, he said adequate health measures have been put in place in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure the public examinations are held without risk to the safety of candidates and exam personnel.

Elungata said in keeping with social distancing rules more spacious halls are being used to space out the candidates writing the examinations.

By Hussein Abdullahi

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