Parents and teachers in Kisumu have been cautioned against condoning cartels out to swindle them under the guise of leaking Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development(KICD) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Prof. Charles Ong’ondo said the examination was tamper-proof and measures have been put in place to ensure that it is conducted in a professional manner.
Ong’ondo who oversaw the distribution of examination papers at Kisumu Central Deputy County Commissioner’s (DCC) office asked parents not to be hoodwinked.
The government, he said, has put in place a multi-agency team to ensure safe and secure administration of the examination.
“The government is aware that the exam is done under difficult conditions, shortened terms, and other consequences of Covid-19 and this was factored in during setting of the examination papers and will also be factored in the processing of the examinations,” he said.
Kisumu, he said, has not recorded any major examination malpractices over the years, asking those in charge of the examination to keep up with the tradition.
Kisumu Acting County Director of Education (CDE) Arita Bwana said a total of 34,706 candidates are sitting for the examinations in the area. Out of this he said 31, 303 are in public schools, 3, 222 in private schools and 181 at private centres.
Two candidates, he disclosed, were writing the examinations behind bars after being arrested over the weekend.
One girl who delivered over the weekend, he added, was also writing the examination at a health facility adding that measures have been put in place to ensure that all special cases are attended to.
He urged the police and county government to crack down on entertainment joints within residential areas which are playing loud music to ensure that candidates are not distracted during the examination period.
Kisumu Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Hussein Allanson said security officers have been deployed at all the examination centres to safeguard the exercise.
“We have put in place a strong multi-agency team to ensure that the integrity of examinations is upheld,” he said.