Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu adopted the multi-sectoral approach to handle national examinations slated to start on November 28.
Machogu announced the new strategy on Thursday, November 17 during a preparedness drill in Kisumu. He said that all government agencies will be involved, and that specific officials will be assigned to help administer the exams.
The multi-agency approach is aimed at ensuring the exercise is not compromised.
Machogu said, “We are here to convey assurance to the country that we are properly prepared for this year’s examinations, and the entire administration, including my colleagues in the Cabinet, will take part in the exercise.”
Machogu, who took over for Prof. George Magoha, emphasized the need of collaboration amongst the various government agencies involved in the exercise, saying that only through their combined efforts would the ministry be able to successfully oversee the examinations.
It was also announced by the CS that all Cabinet Secretaries will be involved in the Ministry of Education’s administration of national exams, mirroring the method adopted by the previous administration.
“We have been able to send out examinations papers to all the 493 examination centres and storage facilities. This is an exercise where the entire government is involved,” he stated
“My colleagues in the cabinet will be following this. We want to give assurance to Kenyans that this process will not be compromised, everything will be credible,” Machogu stated.
Machogu stated that all centre managers had been made aware of the importance of maintaining high levels of integrity in order to reduce instances of exam malpractice.
Machogu also disclosed that sufficient security personnel were sent to all test centers in the country.
Machogu, who ran for governor of Kisii but lost in the August 8 General Election, stressed again that school administrators will serve as exercise centre managers.
The methods will be put into action with the assistance of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) office, which has been charged with monitoring social media platforms to prevent exam leaks.
Beginning on Monday, November 28, 2022, and continuing through Wednesday, November 30, 2022, students in Kenya’s sixth grade will take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KEPSEA).
The Kenya Primary School Leaving Examination and the Kenya Educational Professional Standards Examination will both be administered at the same time (KCPE). The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, on the other hand, will begin on November 21.