The government has banned political campaigns and loud music near school premises in Nandi County during the examination period.
Nandi County Commissioner Herman Shambi said the move would enable candidates to have a conducive environment in which to prepare well for the exams.
Speaking during a consultative meeting with officials from Ministry of Interior and those of Education at the County headquarters in Kapsabet, Shambi said blaring music played on public address equipment by aspirants on the campaign trail disrupts students when studying.
“We want a peaceful environment for our candidates. Let us give them a humble time as they tackle their exams for better results,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, Nandi East Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Leonard Mogute asked invigilators and supervisors to ensure thorough frisking, especially of female candidates to avoid any irregularities.
Mogute said some students hide unauthorized materials in undergarments and called upon centre managers to ensure the exercise is carried out thoroughly.
He urged invigilators to be in their rooms throughout to notice students who might be having unwanted materials adding exam irregularities will not be condoned.
The DCC further reminded teachers to ensure learning materials in examination rooms are removed before the start of the exams
“Smart watches and phones are not allowed in the exam rooms. For timing let the invigilators use wall clocks,” he said
Nandi County Director of Education Zachary Mutwiri called upon various stakeholders to ensure they deliver a credible examination.
“I believe we are going to give a credible examination. Our students are well prepared. Let us join our hands and do this noble job together. The integrity of the examination is with us,” the CDE pointed out
Class eight candidates will sit for their KCPE exams on March 7 while those in Form 4 are scheduled to start their KCSE exams on March 11.
Nandi County has registered 30,113 KCPE candidates and 20,327 candidates for KCSE both in public and private institutions. It has 723 centres in primary section and 241 in secondary section.