The Principal Secretary of Education, Belio Kipsang, has provided assurances that the government has implemented comprehensive logistical and security measures to ensure the safety and integrity of KNEC exams.
In a joint press briefing held on Saturday, October 28th, alongside other Principal Secretaries, Kipsang confirmed that everything is in place for the final Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams under the 8-4-4 education system.
Grade six candidates across the country are scheduled to take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) national exams, which are set to commence on Monday, simultaneously with the KCPE exams.
There are a total of 1,282,574 candidates registered to sit for the KPSEA assessments, while 1,415,315 will be taking the KCPE exams.
Kipsang emphasized the government’s commitment to preventing exam malpractice, stating that they have taken measures to eliminate potential sources of early exposure of exam papers.
In the past, early exposure had been a concern, with teachers obtaining exam papers as early as 6 am. To address this issue, exam papers will now be collected twice a day from the dispatch containers.
Kipsang also mentioned that they have increased the number of examination centers to reduce the distance required to transport papers to schools, further minimizing the risk of early exposure.
He clarified that what has been referred to as “leakage” is, in fact, a very serious offense, and having access to exam papers prior to the official exam day is considered a global crime. The issue is more accurately described as “early exposure.”
Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo who spoke at the same event confirmed that exams will proceed in areas like Kapindasum and Baringo, where bandits have previously posed security concerns.
John Tanui, the Principal Secretary of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), assured that communication networks will be fully operational to support all logistics related to human resources.
Meanwhile on Friday Police in Kiambu arrested a Christian Religion education teacher for allegedly selling fake national examinations.
In a statement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said the 23-year-old teacher nicknamed Mr Examiner had the 2023 KNEC examination papers for both primary and secondary school.