Cs Machogu To Oversee Administration of Three KNEC Exams
Ezekiel Machogu’s first task as education CS comes at a time when the new curriculum is being put under review.
Machogu will be the first CS to oversee all three national examinations.
Over 1.5 million students in the first-ever cohort will take the Grade 6 exams this month .
Concurrently, KNEC will also be administering the KCPE and KCSE.
Machogu, who was approved by the vetting committee after receiving unanimous support, will unearth a whiff of exam cheating to at Jogoo House.
“This would mark my first assignment. There shall be no cases of exam cheating. Surveillance must be intense to curb this vice and I must start having discussions with teachers,” he said.
The KCPE will be given from November 28–December 1, and the KCSE from December 1–December 23.
A timetable released by the Kenya National Examination Council indicates candidates will be assessed in five papers for three days until November 30. Rehearsals will be conducted on November 25.
On the first day, mathematics and English will be tackled, followed by Integrated Science (Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical and Health Education) and Kiswahili on the second.
Candidates will be assessed in Art and Craft, Music and Religious Education on the third and final day in the Creative Art and Social Studies subject.
KPSEA will only credit for 40% of their total grade, but the KCPE exams count for 100%.
Sixty percent will come from assessments given in-class across Grades 4-6 as part of a continuous test.
Answer sheets for the KPSEA, like those for the KCPE, will be customized, with a separate sheet for each subject with candidates’ name and assessment number.
In this exam, there will be a set of multiple-choice questions, and each candidate must select the single best response from a set of options listed on the score sheet.
Knec CEO David Njeng’ere emphasized the importance of invigilators and supervisors issuing candidates with personalized mark sheets that included their names and assessment numbers.
Candidates are urged to take their seats 15 minutes before the start of the 8:30 a.m. morning session. Those who arrive late are required to provide an explanation to the Supervisor.
“Only in exceptional circumstances will a paper be given to any candidate who is late by more than half an hour,” the CEO said.
The former Mp for Nyaribari Masaba has stated that he plans to spearhead another policy move regarding the expeditious replacement of misplaced academic certificates.
A replacement KCSE certificate should be issued in no more than a week, according to Machogu, rather than the current two-month wait.
“If we can replace a lost title deed within one week, I don’t see why KNEC cannot replace a certificate in one day,” he said.