KCPE, KPSEA Candidates From Different Schools Merged Last Minute
Five schools in Baringo County will take their 2022 KCPE and KPSEA exams at one center.
After failing to reconstruct bandit-damaged classrooms, Cheromongoin Primary School Headteacher Elijah Kiptoon detailed the last-minute alterations.
Kiptoon said bandits vandalized the schools, and the infrastructure needs repair.
Baringo MP Charles Kamuren said the decision was intended to protect candidates throughout the exam.
Kamuren said the armed bandits’ spontaneous attacks prevented residents from settling in one region.
Most families had to evacuate for safety, which could cause some candidates to skip tests.
To protect exam applicants and officials, Cheromongin School has increased security.
Kiptoon admitted that closing several local schools hampered the national test-takers readiness.
He believed the Grade Six cohort, the first to take the KPSEA test, would do well.
President William Ruto’s government would feed schoolchildren, especially during exams.
On November 25, teachers highlighted worries about the conflicting time schedules for the Class Eight and Grade six tests, saying they would have to use different bells to signify timing.
On Monday, November 28, 2.5 million candidates—1,244,188 (KCPE) and 1,287,597 (KCPE)—will take the tests (KPSEA).
Enough Food Supplied
Marsabit County Director of Education (CDE) Mr. Titus Mbatha claimed the government had sent enough food for candidates throughout the exams.
Mbatha informed KNA that the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) under the CBC would evaluate 7,089 pioneer learners at 211 centers across the county.
The CDE said 6,316 candidates, 2,988 boys and 3,328 girls, have registered to take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 172 centers. All logistics have been worked out to guarantee the national exercise works successfully.
1,228 girls and 1,212 boys took the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 43 test centers.
Mbatha said 18 adult learners registered for KCSE and 13 for KCPE at two Marsabit Central sub-county test centers.
The CDE stated the exercise was expected to succeed because transport and security issues had been handled and the food program was in place with rice, lentils, and cooking oil rations distributed to schools.
Mbatha said KPSEA and KCPE had more candidates than previous years because the government and organizations like UNICEF have campaigned to enroll all school-age children.
UNICEF-supported out-of-school programs track down and re-enroll dropouts.
The village-level enrolment push committees have helped many youngsters who could have dropped out due to drought and the nomadic lifestyle of local pastoralist groups return to school.
The organization rewards committee elders regularly.
The CDE also stated that several secondary schools in the area had low enrollment due to parents from the region preferring institutions in nearby counties like Meru.
Despite the TSC sending enough teachers to local schools. Mbatha advised local leaders and parents to build and equip their own schools to receive government capitation funds.
He claimed Marsabit secondary school instructors were competent and trained like those in other institutions, but educating youngsters in outlying regions was expensive.
He added that moreover 10,000 pupils were enrolled in outside schools, costing the county Sh 200 million in capitation.
Exams Begin On Monday
Nyamira South Sub County has completed KPSEA, KCPE, and KCSE national test preparations.
Florence Obunga, Nyamira South Deputy County Commissioner, told journalists that grade six and class 8 pupils will take their national exams commencing Monday.
“All our security machinery is prepared and ready to ensure that the examinations are carried out smoothly with the credibility it deserves and with no insecurity incidents reported,” she confirmed.
The DCC announced, “Operation Linda Mutihani” to provide tight security at primary and secondary school examination centers and for applicants.
“All the examination centre managers, supervisors and invigilators have been adequately briefed and are on the knowhow on what is expected of them while administering the national exams to the candidates,” explained the DCC.
She said that they have a security team on call to handle any exam-related emergencies to keep exams on schedule.
Ms. Obunga urged parents and caregivers to provide students with the support they need to complete their exams confidently.
She cautioned anyone trying to tamper with these exams that they would be punished.
Nyamira South Sub County has 4493 Kenya Primary School Examination Assessment (KPSEA) candidates in 133 examination centers, 6350 KCPE applicants in 124 centers, and 5173 KCSE candidates in 50 centers.