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Security concerns as KCPE candidates rehearse for Tuesday exams

Candidates in an examination room/COURTESY

Examination materials have arrived safely in various examination centers across the country ahead of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams set to begin on Tuesday, October 30.

More than a million candidates will sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams.

Rehearsals were completed today across all examination centers.

In Kajiado County, Deputy Commissioner Charles Wambugu acknowledged the arrival of exam materials assuring parents and candidates of their safety.

“Those who wish to cheat in exams can go ahead but they should know that the government machinery to secure the exams is intact,” said the commissioner.

The situation is, however, a bit different in areas of Baringo, Marakwet, Turkana and Mandera counties that have been hit by insecurity.

The Ministry of Education is also grappling with serious security challenges in more than 25 counties in Western Kenya which remain volatile after an election boycott, as it prepares to roll out national examinations.

A section of MPs want the government to intervene and ensure that all the candidates write their papers in a safe environment.

The three-day KCPE examination is scheduled to end on Novemer 2.

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.

According to the timetable by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), KCSE examinations will take one month while KCPE examinations will last three days starting Tuesday.

Candidates sitting the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) began their practicals on October 22, and set to write the theory tests from November 5.

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