Exam preparations in West Pokot in top gear

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West Pokot KNUT secretary Martin Sembelo has urged the government to beef up security in schools along the Pokot, Turkana, Marakwet borders during the national exams
West Pokot KNUT secretary Martin Sembelo has urged the government to beef up security in schools along the Pokot, Turkana, Marakwet borders during the national exams

November is fast approaching and national exam preparations in West Pokot County are in full swing to ensure exam malpractices are done away with, keeping in mind the fact that the 2017 exam results of students form Ortum Boys High School and St. Cecilia Girls Chepareria were cancelled. Twelve teachers in West Pokot were interdicted by TSC over exam irregularities, among them two principals, the former Ortum Boys High School principal Mr. Jonathan Siwayang who had been transferred to Chewoyet Boys High School, and former Chepareria principal Mrs. Mary Ruto who had been moved to St. Joseph’s Girls Kitale.

At the moment preparations are in top gear, with KCPE set to start on October 30th and end on November 1st while KCSE will be done between November 2nd and 28th. Candidates in the County have been urged to study hard and Ortum Boys High School principal Mr. Simon Kiprotich said that teachers will play a crucial role in ensuring the rules and regulations governing the conduct during the national exams are strictly adhered to by al stakeholders. “We’ve enhanced exam preparation and monitoring will be enhanced starting this week and briefings have been lined up to update students, teachers and parents on the preparations,” he said. He said sensitization has been done concerning KNEC regulations and candidates have been reliably informed and urged to adhere to the KNEC policies.

The County Director for Education Mr. Jared Obiero urged candidates to study hard in order to excel, adding that cheating won’t be tolerated. He urged parents to encourage their children to study, saying there is no shortcut to passing the exams.