Dr. Julius Jwan, the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, was in Kisii County on Monday to oversee the start of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.
Dr. Jwan had presided over the distribution of examination materials to 113 primary schools in Kisii central sub county earlier in the morning.
He announced that a female candidate would be sitting for her exams at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital after giving birth on Sunday during his routine briefing of the exams.
“There is one female student in Etago sub county who delivered yesterday, the candidate is at Kisii hospital. Arrangements have been made that she takes her exams because she has indicated she is ready to take the exams,” said Jwan.
Meanwhile no one was injured after a fire incident was reported at Kiong’ong’i Primary school in Kitutu Central sub county on the wee hours of Monday. Exams proceeded as expected after education officials and security officer toured the institution.
“The fire incident was reported at 2.30 am. It started from an accident in one of the classrooms next to the library. No one was hurt. It has nothing to do with the exams,” he said.
Jwan said the Kisii has a total of 33,104 candidates, making it one of the county’s with the highest number of candidates this year nationwide.
Out of the total, 16,953 are boys while16,187 girls.
“All security officers, invigilators, supervisors are well briefed. This is a multi-agency security approach. We have all internalized what needs to be done and everyone is doing what needs to be done.Normally we do not have any issues with KCPE, it is very smooth,”
The 2021 KCPE will be administered between March 7 and March 9 2022 while the KCSE examination, commenced on February 28 and will end on April 1 2022.
The Kenya National Examinations Council has registered a total of 1,225,507 candidates in 28,316 KCPE examination centres as compared to 1,191,752 candidates in 28,467 centres in 2020.
This year, a total of 831,015 students will sit for their crucial exam in 10,413 centres across the country, compared to the 752,981 students in 10,437 centres in who sat the exam in 2020.