The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education( KCSE) examination starts off Monday under tough, new guidelines. The Ministry of Education, for example, has said other than examination officials, candidates and security officers, only head teachers and their deputies would be permitted in school compounds.
Deputy county commissioners and sub-county directors of education are not permitted to open containers housing the examination materials before 6am. Each container, kept at the sub-county headquarters nationwide, has a binary locking system.
Candidates prepared for the examination on Friday after finishing their practical tests, which began on October 23 and ended on November 2. The practical papers already evaluated are French (oral and Braille), German (oral), Arabic (oral), Kenya Sign Language (practical skills), music, building and construction and home science.
The 615,772 candidates in 9,350 centers will sit the mathematics alternative ‘A’ examination at 8am followed by chemistry at 11.30am. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i last week said he expected schools to offer a favorable atmosphere for learners throughout the month-long test period.
Dr Matiang’i said Monday’s tests would be run with the similar enthusiasm as the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination, which concluded on Thursday last week. The Kenya National Examination Council has cautioned of harsh penalties for cheating, as well as a 10-year jail term or Sh2 million fine or both for disclosing the contents of examination material to an unauthorized party, whether a candidate or not.
The council also cautioned it would call off the results for individual candidates or whole examination centers if found guilty of misdeeds. Cell phones or any other electronic communication devices are banned in examination centers and candidates caught in possession of a cell phone or any other electronic communication device will have their results cancelled. The candidates will begin with Mathematics at 8am followed by Chemistry at 11am.