Prisoners Serving Death Sentences Among KCPE Candidates Sitting Exams.
Standard 8 and Grade 6 students began their national tests on Monday.
Inmates are also among those taking the KCPE exams.
At Kitui GK Prison, more than 19 inmates, including those serving death sentences, are taking the national exam.
The detainees were seen in handcuffs and being brought to the schools by police.
During the inspection, the handcuffs were removed.
Exams for the Kenya certificate of secondary education and Kenya certificate of primary education will begin in November.
In contrast to the three-day duration of the KCPE exams, the KCSE will extend until nearly the end of December.
Exam cheating has been a difficult subject since time immemorial, so new restrictions have been implemented to combat it.
Among the regulations implemented is a ban on cell phone use during tests.
Students were frisked on Monday to ensure that they did not bring unneeded items into the examination room.
In addition, pupils are patted down to ensure they do not enter the exam room with cheating materials.
Ezekiel Machogu, cabinet secretary for education, told Kenyans on Monday that this year’s national test will be credible.
Machogu was supervising the distribution of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment examination papers in Mombasa while he spoke.
He stated that the administration had implemented security measures to prevent cheating.
The CS reported that examination papers for Class 8 and Grade 6 students were delivered on time to all 493 centres across the nation.