Education Cs Ezekiel Machogu is set to convene a meeting with his counterparts, Kithure Kindiki (Interior) and Eliud Owalo (ICT), on Monday at the Knec head office to supervise the commencement of this year’s Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) exams.
This development follows recent disclosures indicating strategic changes implemented to ensure the secure conduct of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
KNEC is actively implementing measures to close any potential loopholes that could compromise the integrity of the examinations.
Machogu is expected to provide comprehensive details about the three national examinations, which are anticipated to be taken by a record 3.5 million students.
Over 1.2 million students are scheduled to take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA); another 1.4 million will sit for the KCPE exam, and 903,260 will undertake the KCSE exam.
This will mark the final KCPE examination under the 8-4-4 education system.
KNEC CEO Dr. David Njengere mentioned that adjustments will be made in the transportation of KCSE papers, particularly those scheduled for the afternoon session, to mitigate any early exposure to examination materials.
In lieu of schools receiving both morning and afternoon papers simultaneously, they will now collect each examination separately based on the scheduled session. For instance, papers designated for the morning session will be distributed in the morning, while afternoon papers will be securely stored until needed.
This change primarily targets KCSE examinations, identified as the most vulnerable to early exposure.
Moreover, the government has augmented the number of storage containers by 82, bringing the total to 576. Schools have also been remapped to facilitate easier access to the nearest storage container.
“Previously, schools collected examination papers from the sub-county headquarters, but some schools are located closer to nearby sub-county headquarters than the sub-county they are in, so they will be collecting the papers from the nearest containers,” elucidated Dr Njengere.
Significant modifications are expected to influence the grading of the KCSE examination.
The Presidential Working Party for Education Reform has proposed that the grading of KCSE should be based on two compulsory subjects in determining learners’ final scores.
These compulsory subjects will include one language (English or Kiswahili) and Mathematics. These two subjects will be considered alongside a candidate’s best five subjects in calculating the final score.
Currently, Knec grades candidates based on five compulsory subjects and two other best-performing subjects, using a candidate’s scores in Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, and two sciences selected from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.