(Photos) Tight security as KCPE kicks off countrywide

Some 1,187,517 candidates will sit the exam.

In Summary

•The candidates will, among other rules, be arranged to sit two metres apart in all directions.

•This will aid in achieving social distancing.

Candidates hold examination materials as they are briefed on exam rules during the start of KCPE at Westlands Primary School, Nairobi on March 22, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
Candidates hold examination materials as they are briefed on exam rules during the start of KCPE at Westlands Primary School, Nairobi on March 22, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

The 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination has kicked off, ending a five-month delay.

A teacher inspects a KCPE candidate at Kwale primary school in Matuga before proceeding to the exam rooms on Monday, March 22, 2021./SHABAN OMAR
A teacher inspects a KCPE candidate at Kwale primary school in Matuga before proceeding to the exam rooms on Monday, March 22, 2021./SHABAN OMAR

Some 1,187,517 candidates will sit the exam, which will end on Wednesday.

Candidates await mathematics papers at an examination room during the start of KCPE at Westlands Primary School, Nairobi on March 22, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
Candidates await mathematics papers at an examination room during the start of KCPE at Westlands Primary School, Nairobi on March 22, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

The candidates will write their examination under guidelines twice as strict to curb examination cheating and spread of the virus.

Nairobi regional TSC director Jane Njage briefs candidates during the start of KCPE at Westlands Primary School Nairobi on March 22, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
Nairobi regional TSC director Jane Njage briefs candidates during the start of KCPE at Westlands Primary School Nairobi on March 22, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

The candidates will, among other rules, be arranged to sit two metres apart in all directions. This will aid in achieving social distancing.

Education CS led State officials in the opening of examination containers at the Thika West sub-county while the Kenya National Examination Council chief executive supervised the opening of exams container in Nairobi County.

Joel Omino Primary School candidates being frisked before seating their KCPE Mathematics exams in Kisumu on March 22, 2021/PHOTO/DANIEL OGENDO
Joel Omino Primary School candidates being frisked before seating their KCPE Mathematics exams in Kisumu on March 22, 2021/PHOTO/DANIEL OGENDO

Basic Education PS Julius Jwan supervised the examination distribution exercise in Kisii County while TSC chief executive oversaw the opening of exam containers in Kisumu County.

Other officials who took part in the exercise include: KNEC chairman in Mombasa County, Education CAS Hassan Noor in Garissa County, CAS Sarah Ruto in Machakos, CAS Mumina Bonaya supervised Isiolo County, while the KICD director Charles Ong’ondo supervised the opening of Kakamega County container.

A teacher checks a KCPE candidate's mask at Joel Omino Primary School in Kisumu before the start the Mathematics exam on March 22, 2021/DANIEL OGENDO
A teacher checks a KCPE candidate's mask at Joel Omino Primary School in Kisumu before the start the Mathematics exam on March 22, 2021/DANIEL OGENDO

The candidates will write their examination under guidelines twice as strict to curb examination cheating and spread of the virus.

Supervisors and invigilators have also been instructed to check the learners face masks following reports that the candidates could use them to cheat in the exams.

Last week, Education CS George Magoha while in Mombasa announced that part of the examination safety protocols will be the removal of masks during inspection.

A teacher being escorted by police officers after picking KCPE examinations materials at Kisumu central DCC's offices on March 22, 2021/DANIEL OGENDO
A teacher being escorted by police officers after picking KCPE examinations materials at Kisumu central DCC's offices on March 22, 2021/DANIEL OGENDO

Magoha said he was privy to intelligence on plans by some students to write material they will use in the exam room on their face masks.

The CS directed that students remove masks during inspection for examination officials to ascertain they are not used to sneak cheating material.

A candidate at Westlands Primary showing the inside of his mask during the frisking exercise ahead of the Mathematics exams./LEWIS NYAUNDI
A candidate at Westlands Primary showing the inside of his mask during the frisking exercise ahead of the Mathematics exams./LEWIS NYAUNDI

Magoha also flagged parts of Migori and Kisii counties as cheating hotspots that are being monitored.

Today, the students will write Mathematics in the morning, followed by English in the mid-morning and finish off with Composition.

A teacher carries examination papers at Kwale headquarters in Matuga sub-county on Monday, March 22, 2021./SHABAN OMAR
A teacher carries examination papers at Kwale headquarters in Matuga sub-county on Monday, March 22, 2021./SHABAN OMAR