Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has addressed concerns raised by various stakeholders over the forthcoming national examinations.
To ease concerns about the unpredictable weather changes, the Education CS requested an alert during the examination period in a letter to his Environment counterpart, Soipan Tuya.
He stated that the data will be crucial in successfully charting the routes for the transportation of examination materials.
“In order to properly and comprehensively plan for this exercise, kindly provide us with a weather advisory covering the said period.
This will enable us to anticipate weather changes and equip our team with adequate information to effectively deliver the examination,” read part of the letter.
Machogu further stated that learners with special needs will be accommodated in the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) so that they can take the exams.
The Kenya Intermediate Level Education Assessment will be used to determine the special requirements .
The CS also confirmed that the government has rigorously implemented policies to prevent cheating.
He underlined the Kenya National Examinations Council’s policy of prohibiting the distribution of supplementary exam papers through unauthorised sources.
In addition, KNEC noted that regardless of when their exams started, all students were instructed to arrive by 8 am.
Invigilators were also told to take a candidate’s desk out of the exam room if he or she failed to sit a paper for whatever reason.
As the clock is ticking, the upcoming national examinations will be a litmus test for Machogu’s administration since he took over from Prof George Magoha, who was credited for restoring examination’s integrity.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will run from Monday, November 28 to Wednesday, November 30 while KCSE will take place from Friday, December 2 to Friday, December 23.