November 16, 2018

KCSE candidates fail to turn up for national exam

Several Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates failed to show up for exams on Monday (5/11/18) morning.

In an isolated case in Nakuru County, 69 candidates failed to turn up for the 2018 national exam.

Seven candidates wrote their papers in hospital as security was beefed up in all centres.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed who led the opening of KCSE exam storage containers in Mombasa County, said the ministry was set to roll out a policy to curb teenage pregnancies in schools.

CS Mohamed also ordered quality assurance officers to furnish the ministry with reports on the state of teen pregnancies.

She stated that the rising number of candidates delivering during the national examinations was wanting and required immediate attention from all education stakeholders.

“We must have this conversation (about teenage pregnancies). We cannot bury our heads in the sand. We are working on a policy on teenage pregnancy which will be rolled out soon,” CS Mohamed said.

Mohamed said she would hold talks with her Health counterpart Sicily Kariuki to put up facilities in hospitals to be used by candidates sitting exams while seeking treatment.

Over 600,000 candidates on Monday began writing their KCSE exam countrywide, amid tight security to ensure the integrity of the test was not compromised.

CS Mohamed further ordered the 459 examination containers to be opened daily at 6am.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang was in Kisii County while Teachers Service Commission (TSC) boss Nancy Macharia visited Nyeri town where she conducted random checks at various exam centres.

Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Chairman George Magoha opened the exam container in Busia town.

In a move that is also set to raise public debate, State officers outside the Education docket are also involved in the exam supervision exercise.

National Treasury CS Henry Rotich was on Monday in Eldoret town where he opened the exam container at Kapsoya before visiting selected exam centres.

The examination is set to continue until November 28, 2018.

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