Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) national exams began today with a total of 952, 472 candidates expected to be sitting for the examination.
The candidates, 473, 719 girls and 478, 753 boys, on Monday, rehearsed for the examination tthat will end on Thursday.
Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) acting chief executive Mercy Karogo said they were ready for the exam that would take place in 26, 308 centres across the country.
“We have already dispatched several teams to ensure that it is credible and we wish all the candidates success,” said Ms Karogo on Monday.
At all examination centers, security has been tightened, with tight security where the exams are stored.
Only the principals, their deputies and teachers designated to be around boarding schools, among other officials tasked with the examinations, will be allowed into the institutions.
Tough rules during KCPE
Head teachers will be exam centre managers in the 26,308 KCPE centres countrywide.
The Ministry of Education is working alongside that of ICT and Internal security for round-the-clock monitoring of exam papers.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has banned the use of clipboards and geometrical sets from examination rooms. Candidates will be required to carry their geometrical instruments and writing materials in a clear see-through porch/poly bag/plastic paper.
All necessary staff have been trained on matters related to physical security, personal security and document security in a bid to ensure that the level of security consciousness relating to examinations has been enhanced.
All supervisors and invigilators who will be involved in the 2016 examinations have been vetted to ensure that they are suitable to dispense their duties.