The government has made changes to the method of collecting national examination papers for the 2023 KCSE and KCPE exams candidates.
Speaking on Wednesday during the 46th Kessha annual national conference held at Sheikh Zayed Hall in Mombasa, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announced a change where the examination papers would now be collected twice a day instead of the usual once a day.
Under this new arrangement, the morning paper will be collected in the morning from various containers across the country, while the afternoon paper will be collected in the afternoon.
Machogu stated that this adjustment aims to reduce the chances of papers being exposed to learners before they sit for the exams, thus curbing cheating.
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This decision came in response to a request made by the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) chairman, Indimuli Kahi, who urged the Kenya National Examination Council to guarantee principals that there would be no leakage of examination papers in 2023.
Kahi raised concerns about the appearance of exam papers circulating on mobile phones before candidates had even taken the exams, emphasizing the need for answers as a nation.
However, Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang emphasized that the issue at hand is a matter of trust.
Kipsang found it disheartening that only during national exams do teachers and students require armed security officers during assessments.
Indimuli also requested for a review of student grading, arguing that the current system disadvantages students.
He pointed out that the current grading system includes six compulsory subjects, including Math, English, Swahili, two sciences, and a humanity subject.
In the past, only four compulsory subjects contributed to a student’s grade.