Private candidates who will sit for the 2017 KCPE and KCSE examinations will do so at registered and recognised educational institutions, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said.
Dr. Matiang’i said the requirement is aimed at guarding against candidates using other people to sit the examinations for them.
He revealed that private examinations centres were used by what he described as consultant candidates to sit for examinations in behalf of people who registered for the examinations but hired able people to impersonate them.
Dr. Matiang’i was speaking to educational stakeholders whom he was briefing about the state of preparedness for the 2017 national examinations, curriculum reforms at the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) today.
The CS was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, the acting Director General, Mr. Robert Masese and the chairman of Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), Prof. George Magoha, and the
Dr. Matiang’i reiterated that the administration of this year’s examinations will be as incident free as last year’s one.
“There will be no malpractice in the exams. No leakage. There will be nothing,” Dr. Matiang’i promised.
A total of 1,003,556 candidates were registered for the KCPE while 615,773 were registered to sit the KCSE.
Dr. Matiang’i said Schools will close by 29th October, 2017, adding that only candidates will be in schools during the examinations.
He said KCPE and KCSE, the KNEC examiners and other council officials must not go around schools purporting to coach candidates on how to answer questions.
Further, deputy head teachers can also remain in school to 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,” he said.