The Education ministry has ordered all the 40,000-plus primary and secondary school headteachers and supervisors to attend briefing sessions on the 2018 national examinations. The briefing is part of a wider government campaign to seal all loopholes for cheating, which led to cancellation of results for 1,200 candidates last year. The briefing sessions begin next week and mark a series of activities lined up to pre-empt cheating in exams. National examinations for Standard Eight and Form Four will be conducted in October and November.
In a circular sent to all regional coordinators of education on Friday, Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said the briefing sessions will take place in all sub-counties between September 3 and September 7. They will be organised by the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) and will target exam centre managers and supervisors. “The meetings will be chaired by the County Commissioners at the county level and Deputy County Commissioners at the sub-county level,” Dr Kipsang said in the letter dated August 24 and which was copied to Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
Ms Mohamed has vowed to tighten examination rules. Last term, she launched a pre-examination monitoring campaign to determine the preparedness of schools for the national exams. The CS is scheduled to launch the next round of briefings in Samburu North on September 3, after which she will visit various schools across the country to monitor how prepared they are being for the exams.
All school activities involving parents and other outsiders have been banned ahead of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams, which start on October 30. The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will start on November 5.