- Prof Magoha has since instructed that examination materials must not be transported to and from examination centres without the presence of security officers using government vehicles.
- The 400 monitors deployed across the country will have express entry in the examination centres upon presentation of their monitoring badges.
A total of 1,088,986 candidates will on Tuesday start their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations in 27,809 centres across the country.
The candidates will start with rehearsals on Monday before sitting Mathematics and English Section A, Language, on Tuesday morning.
In the afternoon, they will write English Section B, Composition. On Wednesday, the candidates will sit Science, Kiswahili Lugha and Kiswahili Insha before concluding their examinations on Thursday with Social Studies and Religious Education.
From November 4, a total of 699,745 candidates will sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations in 10,287 centres.
The KCSE examinations will end on November 27 with a total of 26,597 examiners being lined up to mark the examination, and results expected before the end of the year.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has since instructed that examination materials must not be transported to and from examination centres without the presence of security officers using government vehicles.
“The process of opening examination papers in front of examination rooms must be witnessed by candidates, security, an invigilator and a supervisor, to ensure that no mistake is made to open the wrong scripts. This is meant to address cases where officials open scripts before the scheduled time,” said Prof Magoha.
Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) will engage the services of contracted professionals, who will include 1,437 deputy county commissioners, sub-county directors of education from the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
“We will also engage 1,916 security officers, 339 sub-county examination officers, 339 TSC officers, 339 clerks and 339 data capturers in the administration of the examinations,” added Dr Mercy Karogo, Knec's acting Chief Executive Officer.
The council will use a total of 479 containers for storage of examination material as opposed to 459 containers used in 2018.
“The increase was due to requests from sub-county directors of education. I wish to inform you that we should limit the number of containers in order to reduce the number of people handling examinations. Increase in number of examination centres does not warrant more containers in a sub-county,” she said.
Prof Magoha has also directed centre managers to make prior arrangements with health facilities contracted under the EduAfya Health Insurance Scheme, managed by the National Hospital Insurance Fund, to ensure emergency health services for candidates are available during the examinations.
“As has been the case since 2016, the national examinations will never be leaked whatsoever, allowing all candidates to access the questions on the dates and time indicated on the timetables, which have already been published. The ministry will do everything in its power to protect the sanctity of national examinations at all times,” added the CS.
Last year, the council cancelled KCSE results for 3,427 candidates in 44 centres from 16 counties due to cheating.