9 tough rules Matiangi has put ahead of KCPE and KCSE

-Matiangi has readied himself for the KCSE and KCPE exams amidst the razzmatazz of the August 8 elections

-1,003,556 candidates have registered for KCPE while 615,773 will sit the KCSE exams which will begin October

- There will be 28,566 examination centres for the KCPE and 9,350 for KCSE

- Only head teachers and their deputies will be allowed in exam centres

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has introduced a raft of measures months ahead of the beginning of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

The CS known for his no nonsense approach in education matters is keen to ensure that this year’s exams are done under strict conditions like it was in 2016.

To avoid exam leakage and cheating, the following nine tough measures have been put in place for the October 2017 exams.

9 tough rules Matiangi has put ahead of KCPE and KCSE

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1.Registration of Candidates

The registration of candidates for the 2017 KCPE and KCSE examinations took place between January 16 2017 and March 17 2017.

A total of 1,003,556 candidates were registered for the KCPE while 615,773 were registered to sit the KCSE.

There will be 28,566 examination centres for the KCPE and 9,350 for KCSE.

A total of 6,037 KCPE and 7,001 KCSE private candidates were registered in 2017.

2.Procurement of additional containers for Storage of examination materials

The CS has procured 67 additonal containers to secure the exam papers in new Sub Counties and in other vast areas whose terrain called for additional containers. Installation of the containers at the Sub Counties is expected to be completed by July 30, 2017.

3.Training of Examiners

Matiangi has eunsred that already the training of new examiners in prepararion for the 2017 marking activities has taken place. This exercise was carried out between April 23 and 29.

Of the new examiners trained, 464 are for the KCPE while 5,010 are for the KCSE.

4.Inspection and Approval of New Examination Centres

He has also had 197 KCPE and 119 KCSE new schools registered by the Sub County Directors of Education for use as examination centres. The Examination Council is currently inspecting these schools to assess and establish their suitability for use during the administration of 2017 examinations. This exercise will end on July 14.

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5. Assessment of Special Needs Candidates

A total of 136 KCPE and 157 KCSE candidates with Special Needs were registered. KNEC is currently carrying out an assessment on the needs of these candidates to ensure that suitable and adequate assistance will be provided to them during the administration of the examinations. This exercise is scheduled to end on July 14.

6. Briefing and Sensitisation of Headteachers and Field Officers

To ensure that headteachers of both public and private schools and field officers are ready to administer the examinations,Matiangi has ordered the Examinations Council to conduct briefing and sensitisation meetings in all sub counties between August 21 and 25.

7.Schools closing day

All schools will close by October 29 and only candidates will be in schools during the examinations.

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9 tough rules Matiangi has put ahead of KCPE and KCSE

8. Deputy head teachers to remain in schools

They will assist their head teachers who act as centre managers. However, where a school has more than one deputy, only one of the deputies can be in the school at any given time.

9. Exam areas out of biunds for other teachers

Teachers will be expected to remain out of the examination area, says Matiangi. However, teachers involved in practical subjects will be expected to be in school to prepare for the practicals, only when the exam is taking place.

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