Deputy primary school headteachers will now remain in the school during the KCPE and KPSEA examination period.
In the new rule the deputies will also not participate in the Knec invigilation and supervision of national examinations.
Previously the deputy headteachers were not mandated to be in school compound during these exams.
However the changes were brought following rampant malpractices including cheating that were observed in the last national exams.
The deputies will remain in school to assist their headteachers during the exam period.
As headteachers will be in containers Picking exams, the deputies will be in schools to ensure smooth operation of school programmes.
The deputy will also assist in checking the learners after exams have ended as the headteacher will be taking the exams to the containers.
KCPE and KPSEA will start on 30th October and end on 1st November 2023. The candidates will have rehearsals on 27th October 2023.
Knec had said that plans are complete to administer national examinations to 2.3 million learners who will sit this year’s KCPE and KCSE examinations.
Around 1,415,315 candidates will sit for KCPE exam, while another 903,260 will take the KCSE test.
KNEC Chief Executive David Njengere also said preparations have been made for KPSEA for 1,282,574 Grade Six learners.
Njengere said 576 distribution centres or containers will be used for storage of KPSEA and KCPE examinations.
He added that 567 containers will be used for the distribution of KCSE papers.
“The council has acquired an additional 82 containers to make sure we facilitate this process especially because we have 13 newly created sub-counties which did not have containers,” Njengere said.
Machogu urged all personnel taking part in the national examinations, to dispense their duties with utmost professionalism in line with the set guidelines.
He said the Ministry will not spare anyone who will be involved in malpractices.
During the examination period Knec has also allowed only a number of people inside exam centres. The measures are aimed to curb exam malpractices.
Knec has authorized only the following persons to be in the examination centres during KPSEA, KCPE and KCSE exam periods.
1 Centre Manager;
2 Deputy Principal/Headteacher;- where an examination centre has more than one deputy then the centre manager shall designate one deputy to assist him/her;
6 Laboratory technician and science teacher only during practicals;
7 Authorized support staff to prepare meals for candidates who will strictly restrict their movements to the Kitchen.