The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) kicked off smoothly across the country with top government officials from the Cabinet and officials from Education ministry supervising the operation to ensure the safety of the examinations materials at various centres.
Education officials among them the CS Fred Matiang’i, CS 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.
Interior CS Fred Matiangi was at Garissa Primary school while his environment counterpart Keriako Tobiko inspected the opening of exam papers at the Athi River Deputy County Commissioners office.
In Kakamega the exercise kicked off at exactly 6.00am at nine depots in the nine sub counties.
Security has been tightened across the country to avoid any tampering with examination materials.
A total of 1,003,556 candidates will sit the KCPE exams while 615,773 will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) which formally kick off November 5.
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.
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 centre