Education CS George Magoha launched the 2020 national examinations and officiated issuing of security padlocks for the 479 containers ahead of this year’s KCPE and KCSE exams.
The padlocks were issued to the Deputy County Commissioners and the Sub County Directors of Education during the ceremony on Thursday.
“As part of the Multisectoral Approach to the administration of national examinations, we are all assembled here this morning because the success or failure of this important exercise depends on all of us. And since we have no option for failure, I urge all of us to firmly commit that we will play our roles with lots of military precision to ensure we achieve the highest levels of success in this examinations,” he said.
Prof. Magoha urged everyone who will be involved in the examinations administration to strictly comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols, which he said the ministry has been enforcing in schools since the resumption of studies.
He emphasized that no Centre Manager should turn up at any examination container to collect or drop off examinations without wearing a face mask.
In addition, all officials who attend to services at the examination centres will be expected to use sanitizers or wash their hands before being allowed to handle examination materials.
At examination centres, all examination officials will have to wash their hands or sanitize before they can open examination scripts for distribution to candidates.
All examination officials are also required to regularly use sanitiser or wash their hands before frisking candidates ahead of the start of examination sittings.
“To this end, I urge all of us to be mindful of our candidates, some of whom are in one way or the other affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We must all take cognizant of the environment of the 2020 examinations and give hope to all candidates by assuring them that none of them will be disadvantaged in the examination process,” Prof. Magoha said.
He continued: “The Ministry is also aware of plans that some centre managers are planning to retain teachers employed by the Board of Management (BoM) in schools to aid in cheating. The examination centres with such plans have been identified and are being monitored closely. It’s important for all of us to ensure that all head teachers and other persons steer a credible examination process in 2020.”