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Past Examination Malpractices Puts Rift Valley Security on Radar, Centre Managers Warned

Past Examination Malpractices Puts Rift Valley Security on Radar, Centre Managers Warned.

Several schools in Rift Valley are on the examination managers’ and security teams’ radar due to prior examination malpractices to guarantee that similar errors are not repeated.

The examination managers have been instructed to maintain vigilance in all test centers, but some will be monitored more closely due to histories of wrongdoing.

Maalim Mohammed, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator, stated during a media briefing on exam readiness that they would utilize intelligence indicating that certain individuals may be planning to tamper with the examination process.

There would be no justification for any mishandling, he stated, as all centre managers had been provided with instructions on how examinations should be administered.

Security has been increased in the Rift Valley Region in advance of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination (KCPE), which begins on November 28.

Maalim stated that different state institutions in Rift Valley, including the National Government Administration Agency (NGAO), National Police Service (NPS), and Teachers Service Commission (TSC), were prepared for the Kenya National Examination Council to administer the examination (KNEC).

Mr. Maalim stated that armed security personnel will be stationed in all sites where test items will be stored, administered, and transported.

“Good management of national examinations will depend on the integrity of the personnel involved in security, supervision and invigilation since they are in direct contact with the candidates. Every examination centre will be manned by at least two armed officers,” he stated.

A total of 351,751 Grade Six students and 353,636 Standard Eight students will sit for their final Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests in 8,343 centres across the rift valley region.

In addition to the 303 private students, 153 candidates from borstal facilities will take the KCPE examination.

Overall, 244, 951 individuals will take the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in the region, with an additional 23 candidates registered in borstal facilities and 1,032 private candidates taking the exam.

He announced that 18 KCPE candidates and 14 KPSEA Grade six students from Arabal Primary school and 36 KCPE candidates from Kapindasum Primary School in Baringo County were shifted to Chimoriongon Primary School due to vandalism.

 “Unknown criminals sneaked into Arabal and Kapindasum Primary Schools where they burnt desks, pupils’ exercise books and textbooks.

“This is an act of sabotage by criminal elements who want outdated cultures to persist. We will not allow that to happen,” warned the Regional Commissioner.

Prior to the media event, Maalim met with County Commissioners, police commanders, and education officials from the fourteen devolved entities in the region to discuss examination preparations.

Mr. Maalim stated that sufficient officers had been deployed to schools in Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet that had previously been affected by banditry and armed conflicts, and that the state was in the process of vetting and recruiting National Police Reservists (NPR) to bolster security in restive regions of the country.

Maalim cautioned “strangers” not to enter or approach the examination center.

“Our working definition of a stranger is anybody who is not a candidate, centre manager, supervisor, security officer or an education officer.

“Let us act firmly in the interest of our children, anyone who breaches any aspect of examination will be apprehended,” he explained.

The administrator continued, “I want to wish them success, and I have no doubt that they will. However, I would also like to urge to parents to accept the results their children will achieve and assist them in planning a future that fits their ability. Let us accept our children’s diversity, he emphasized.

He reassured locals that the government is determined to reopening all schools in insecure areas of the region the next year.

The Regional Commissioner reported that the fourteen county and sub-county security teams had put in place necessary safeguards to protect examination papers before, during, and after applicants had completed them.

He emphasized that the education officers, notably the principals who will serve as examination centre managers, must guarantee that the upcoming examinations are administered in strict accordance with the examination body’s regulations.

“We urge principals, head teachers, invigilators and supervisors in charge to ensure the KCSE and KCPE exams are free of any malpractices such as cheating,” he said.

“We will not take any chances in this critical time for our children .

We want to assure the parents, instructors, and students in the impacted areas of their safety, added Maalim.

Exam materials will be stored in 135 containers established in the sub-counties and managed by the sub-county commissioners and education officers.

“Our concern is heavy rains that have increased and with the bad roads in rural areas, we expect some challenges. We have mapped out all areas and we are working closely with sub-county education officers who are on the ground to ensure the success of the examination,” he said.

He added that motorbikes assigned to local administrations and aircraft will be on standby to transport documents and persons to regions inaccessible to four-wheeled vehicles.

Past Examination Malpractices Puts Rift Valley Security on Radar, Centre Managers Warned.

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