A total of 6,942 candidates are sitting their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations which officially kicked off Monday morning in 132 centers in Matete and Lugari Sub Counties with center managers instructed to be more vigilant.
In a brief address to the center managers before picking the papers from the well-guarded container at Lumakanda headquarter the area Deputy County Commissioner William Lenaremo urged them to strictly adhere to the examination regulations throughout the examination period and ensure no single incident of irregularities is reported in the area.
“Please don’t relax, we don’t want any anomalies to occur here in Lugari, make sure you play your role well as center managers,” said Lenaremo.
On security, the DCC reiterated that enough personnel had been deployed to every examination center.
He also urged the parents/guardians to give their children doing exam enough time to study and rest during this examination period.
Lenaremo said this was historical moment for the candidates and there was need for the parents and the entire community to give them support.
His sentiments were echoed by the Sub County Education director Mrs. Margaret Igwatai who urged them to be very vigilant and strict about the examinations.
The SDE called on the exam centre managers to ensure they stick to exam guidelines and ensure candidates are interfered in the course of exam period.
According to Sub-County Exam Officer Phylice Shitanda, there was an increase of 430 KCPE candidates from last year records .
Shitanda noted that there are 18 schools being hosted in different centers and private center which has adult candidates sitting for their exam in the Sub-County.
She revealed that Lumakanda Township Primary School had 203 candidates, this being the highest enrollment this year.
In Matete Sub-County, there are 2642 KCPE candidates with 1341 girls and 1301 boys sitting for the exam in 52 exam centers according to Sub-County Director of Education Tom Oluoch.
Oluoch said the exams started early as expected with exam handlers reporting to their stations on time.