Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has announced more changes that will be effected in this year’s national examinations with the aim of curbing exam malpractice.
Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the Kenya Institute of Special Education in Kasarani, the CS announced that centre managers will pick morning and afternoon papers separately.
He explained that the school principals would pick the second paper for the day after returning the morning exam and student sheets.
Machogu explained that the new measures would prevent the papers from being exposed and leaked in the morning.
An invigilator distributes papers during the start of KCSE exam at Starehe Boys’ Centre, Nairobi, on Monday, March 14, 2023.
Ministry of Education
“We have been able to increase the number of containers this year and the distribution centres so that the centre managers can get the exam papers from the nearest place possible.
“They will go in the morning and again go for the same in the afternoon in order for us to avoid early exposure which was giving us a headache,” he added.
Further, the CS added that the ministry has increased the number of marking centres as they seek to create a conducive environment for teachers.
These new changes were unveiled days before the start of the national examinations.
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is set to officially begin on October 23 with French, German and Music practicals. The main papers will begin on November 6, with students taking Chemistry Paper 1.
On the other hand, Class 8 students will begin their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) on October 30.
The CS’s new measures will complement directives published by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) on October 19.
KNEC banned smart watches, programmable calculators and Bluetooth devices to curb exam malpractices.
It further barred teachers and students from entering the exam rooms with handbags, briefcases, backpacks, and kiondos.
President William Ruto addresses KCPE candidates at Joseph Kang’ethe Primary School in Kibra Constituency on November 29, 2022.