The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) issued a set of guidelines for candidates participating in this year’s national examinations, aiming to combat cheating.
In an official statement issued on Wednesday October 18, the council detailed the prohibited items within exam rooms as they prepare to oversee the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) starting on October 30 and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) commencing on October 23.
KNEC explicitly listed the banned items, which encompass wristwatches and programmable calculators. Additionally, handbags, briefcases, backpacks, and kiondos are not permitted within the exam rooms.
The prohibition extends to electronic devices such as mobile phones, smartwatches, earphones, tablets, body cameras, camera pens, and any items featuring Bluetooth capabilities.
The council emphasized strict guidelines for candidates, forbidding the use of clothing, footwear, or materials with handwritten notes.
The council asserted its commitment to preventing candidates from having any markings on their bodies, excluding declared tattoos, which are exempted from the list of prohibited materials.
KNEC’s message underscored the importance of maintaining integrity and refraining from sharing exam-related information on social media.
KNEC stressed its expectation for candidates to demonstrate honesty and integrity throughout the exam period. Punctuality was highlighted as a key requirement, promoting timeliness and reducing anxiety.
Candidates were advised to use their mobile phones at home, with a reminder that they should not be used during examinations.
More than 3.5 million candidates are slated to take part in the national examinations, marking a significant increase in the number of KCPE candidates, reaching a record high in the country.
The upcoming exams will see just shy of a million candidates sitting for KCSE, and a notable 1.4 million candidates participating in the KCPE exams. Additionally, there are approximately 1.2 million candidates registered for the inaugural KPSEA examinations.