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Kenya: KCPE exams begin across the country

This year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations is off to a smooth start.

Education officials among them the Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, her Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, Teachers Service Commission chief executive Nancy Macharia and Kenya National Examination

Council board chairman Prof George Magoha were at various stations as early as 6am to supervise the opening of exam containers.

Security has been tightened across the country to avoid any tampering with examination materials.

Kenya National Examinations Council chairman

Kenya National Examinations Council chairman Prof George Magoha briefs police officers at Uhuru na Kazi offices in Mombasa. Prof Magoha led government officials in opening of the container and collection of exams materials which starts on October 30, 2018. PHOTO | MOHAMED AHMED | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A total of 1,060,703 candidates will sit this year’s end of primary school examination.

Security officers assemble at the Narok County

Security officers assemble at the Narok County Commissioner’s office as examination containers are opened for distribution. Some of the exams in Narok will be transported using tractors to exam centres in areas experiencing heavy rains. PHOTO | GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Narok County, the county commissioner George Natembeya said the government has put in place alternative means of transport, including tractors to ferry exams to centres in areas that are experiencing heavy rains such as Olpusimoru and Olokurto in Narok North Sub-County.

Teachers Service Commission chief executive

Teachers Service Commission chief executive Nancy Macharia presents examination papers to a headteacher after officially opening a container at the Naivasha’s deputy county commissioner’s offices. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The examinations council this year introduced introduced personalised optical mark reader forms for KCPE tests in order to curb cases of candidates who have problems shading their index number correctly and those who inadvertently shade the lozenge (ellipse) for absent yet they did the examinations.

Some of the police officers who will offer

Some of the police officers who will offer security at various examination centres within Naivasha Sub-County in Nakuru. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Lamu County, journalists were barred from taking photos as examination containers were opened. The Lamu education director William Micheni said the county is a security zone and warned journalists they risk arrest if they visit examination centres.

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