Principal Secretary, State Department of International Trade Dr. Chris Kiptoo on Thursday visited two schools in Likuyani Sub County to monitor the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examinations.
Kiptoo who inspected the proceeding of the Religious and Commerce examinations at St. John the Baptised Boys High school Likuyani and St. Elizabeth Girls secondary school Likuyani said he was impressed by the progress of the examinations in the sub county.
“I’m very happy to report that I have seen very good progress, all the candidates are working hard, I haven’t seen any evidence of cheating in any way and I can vote for the integrity of the exams that are ongoing based on what I have seen here in Likuyani,” said Kiptoo.
He asked candidates to desist from examination malpractices advising them to work hard and write the examination based on what they can remember.
“If you are an A student that is fine, but don’t get an A when probably the best you could do is C. Getting a C or even a D and being the best you have struggled achieved is more honorable that getting an A that is not properly obtained because it will be later revealed in life that you didn’t qualify if you get an A and you are chosen to go to for medicine and tomorrow you are not able to do the professional work that is required by a doctor it will really be a disastrous ,” said Kiptoo.
He said the government is very keen to ensure the integrity of the examinations in the whole country is upheld such that the certificates that will be given to students are trusted.
Kiptoo said society has a place for all regardless of the grade they score in their examinations and therefore it wasn’t good for the candidates to cheat so as to score higher and get where they don’t belong.
“You know the society requires all types of people so I want to say that you just got to work hard, put the best you can and then take up the profession based on what you are capable of getting,” said the PS.
On teenage pregnancies the PS appealed students not to engaged in premarital affairs regretting the recent incident where a candidate at Lwanda Lugari secondary school in the neighbouring Lugari sub county died after giving birth late last week
He advised them to focus on having values that will help them be able to continue with education until the time they get marriage
He also appealed to the parents to closely monitor and guide the children so that they don’t engage in such behaviors.
However as this went on a candidate at St. Elizabeth girls secondary school sat her examination at Likuyani sub county hospital after giving birth.