The Kenya National examination Council (KNEC) has proposed new security measures to address malpractice during this year’s national exams.
Our Media team has learned that examination officials will no longer collect all of the day’s examination papers at once in the morning. Instead, center managers, who also serve as principals, will be responsible for picking up the morning exams.
The examination officials will collect the completed morning papers from candidates and keep them in a safe location while they get the afternoon papers.
This change is aimed at preventing early exposure to afternoon papers, as candidates will have less time with them before the exam.
Anonymous sources inside the Ministry of Education have disclosed that the new strategy is intended to reduce students’ overall exposure time while maintaining the integrity of the examination process.
In addition to this, the current practice of examination officials picking question papers from containers within their sub-counties will be reviewed.
Schools or examination centers will be forced to obtain question papers from the container that is the closest to them. This is because some schools near particular containers have experienced challenges in acquiring examination papers due to the fact that they are located outside their assigned sub-counties.
In an effort to address the issue KNEC plans to acquire additional containers to set up examination storage facilities closer to schools. This change is expected to shorten the time used to collect and deliver examination papers.
These security measures are a part of the new arrangements being put in place three months before the national examinations.
According to KNEC stats from the end of registration for examinations, close to 1.4 million students will take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), and another 1.2 million students in Grade 6 will take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).
903,260 candidates are registered to take the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam this year.
As per the 2023 KNEC examination timetable, KCPE and KPSEA examination candidates will conduct rehearsals on Friday, October 27.
The three-day examinations will begin on Monday, October 30, and continue through Wednesday, November 1, with the final exam taking place on Wednesday, November 1.
KCSE exam will be administered from November 2 to November 24.