•About 26, 594 candidates are undertaking their exams in Homa Bay across 345 centres.
•Police officers were told to safeguard the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) by not sitting far away from the exam rooms.
Homa Bay county commissioner Moses Lilan has directed security officers manning examination centres to prevent irregularities.
About 26,594 candidates are writing their exams across 345 centres in the county.
Lilan said all police officers tasked with protecting the integrity of the exams should undertake their duties diligently.
Speaking on Monday when he witnessed the opening of an exams container in Rangwe subcounty, Lilan said security officers have been well briefed on what to do at the exams centres.
At least two officers have been assigned at every centre.
“Everybody deployed to man, knows what they should do. Their duty is to guard the examination and should ensure it’s done appropriately,” Lilan said.
Police officers were told to safeguard the integrity of KCSE by not sitting far away from the exam rooms.
Exam centre managers (school principals) were asked to follow all guidelines issued by the KNEC and other steps issued by the Ministry of Education.
Some of the guidelines include switching off mobile phones and leaving them out of the exam rooms.
“Alcoholism is also discounted. Let no one do something that will ruin the future of candidates,” Lilan said.
Lilan was accompanied by the county director of education Eunice Khaemba.
Khaemba asked all exam centre managers in the county to take their work seriously and avoid any form of irregularities.
“Let’s all comply with the laid down guidelines. Phones should be switched off and should be out of the exam rooms,” Khaemba said.
The officer said the government has put all measures in place to ensure all schools in islands of Lake Victoria get their papers on time.
The government goal is to ensure they deliver a credible examination.
“KNEC has procured boats to transport exam papers to the islands in the lake,” she said.
(Edited by Francis Wadegu)