Secondary and primary candidates for 2021 Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) in Trans Nzoia County have been assured of maximum security.
Area County Commissioner (CC) Samson Ojwang made the assurance while addressing all high school principals during KNEC examination briefing forum held at Kitale High School.
County Director of Education (CDE) Luke Chebet and County Teachers Service Director, Jamal Ahmed, addressed the meeting, which was also attended by all Sub County Directors of Education and their TSC counterparts.
Ojwang disclosed that the county and sub county security teams had put in place adequate measures to ensure the examination papers were properly guarded before, during and even after the candidates had done the same.
“We have deployed enough security personnel that will man all Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam containers and centres in the county,” he assured the principals.
The CC underscored the need for the education officers, particularly the principals who will act as examination centre managers, to ensure the forthcoming examinations were managed in strict adherence to regulations spelled out by the examination body.
“We urge principals, head teachers, invigilators and supervisors in charge to ensure the KCSE and KCPE exams are free of any malpractices such as cheating,” appealed Ojwang.
The county boss cautioned individuals seeking elective positions against disrupting the scheduled national examinations.
“As the electioneering fever gains momentum across the country, we appeal to individuals eyeing various elective seats to desist from holding rallies in our schools in order to give candidates deserved ample time,” noted Ojwang, who warned of dire consequences to any school head found tolerating such during the examination period.
Addressing members of the press on the meeting’s sidelines, Ojwang warned parents, teachers and candidates against falling prey to fraudsters claiming to be in possession of 2021 KCSE and KCPE examination papers.
“None of the 2021 KCSE and KCPE papers are on the streets,” emphasised Ojwang.
Issuing a stern warning, the commissioner said the government will deal firmly with individuals caught selling fake exam papers.
A total of 24,365 candidates will sit for 2021 KCSE from 254 centres spread across the county.
By Maurice Aluda