A total of 8, 678 candidates are sitting Kenya Certificate of Primary Education KCPE and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment KPSEA examinations which officially kicked off Monday morning in 94 centers in Lugari Sub County with center managers instructed to be more vigilant and avoid mistakes that can stain credibility of the exams.
In a brief address to the center managers before picking the examination papers from well-guarded container at Lumakanda headquarter, the area Deputy County Commissioner Moses Gicharu urged them to follow instructions carefully while handling the exams so that they are not individually victimized for not adhering to the Kenya National Examination Council rules.
“If things go wrong on your side we shall deal with you individually not a crowd. That’s why it’s important for you to get these instructions as an individual not to be told by someone else,” said Gicharu.
He called on the head teachers who are the exam center managers together with the supervisors to report early any anomaly experienced during exam period so that it can be handled appropriately by exam officials at the Sub-County level.
He however, asked teachers handling the exams not to panic but always clarify with the examination officials if something is not clear with them.
“Nobody should panic, if something is not clear please clarify with us, we will be available. If you realize something is not clear, use your phone to call us.” The DCC emphasized.
Gicharu revealed that handling exams is a collective responsibility including him and that every office should play their roles appropriately to avoid mistakes during exam time.
“Even me if I mess with it, I’ll also be processed individually,” added Gicharu.
He also urged the center managers collecting examination papers to always ensure time management in the entire period of the exam.
He warned that failure to keep time during the period of exam may attract exam credibility questions and should be avoided by all means.
On his side, the Sub-County Teachers Service Commission Director John Paul Wepoghe asked center managers who are travelling far to pick exams in the morning from DCCs office consider finding a place to spend so that they can collect exams early enough without much struggle.
Wepoghe at same time asked supervisors, invigilators and the school heads to keenly observe girls candidates who are pregnant and may likely deliver to report the cases immediately for help.
The Sub-County Director of Education Magdalene IgwataI, described the moment as historic because twin exams KPSEA and KCPE were being done at the same time.
Igwatai called on the supervisors and invigilators to handle exams with deserving keenness to avoid careless mistakes.
A total of 4,334 candidates are sitting for KPSEA exams in the Sub-County with 2,211 boys and 2,123 girls while in KCPE there are 2,182 boys and 2,162 girls giving a total of 4,344 candidates.