222 schools on spot as CS Amina issues new directives ahead 2018 KCSE

664585 candidates are set to sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) that will kick off tomorrow.

Just like the KCPE that ended last week on Thursday, education CS Amina, is set to lead the country in seeing to it that KCSE is administered smoothly.

According to Knec, some 664,585 candidates will write their examination in 10,077 centres across the country with 83,711 field officers being involved.

During the entire exercise, there will be 10,078 centre managers, supervisors will be 10,460, invigilators (37,978) security personnel (20,156) while drivers will be 5,039.

Heightened security

Despite the fact that security will be intensified in the whole country, some 222 schools have been put under heavy scrutiny due to links to previous examination malpractices.

New directives

The CS has banned transportation of examination papers on hired private vehicles in a order to safeguard integrity of the monitoring process.

Further, Amina has instructed all examinations monitoring teams go be at the containers before they are opened to ascertain they were locked.

More than 1,000 special monitors drawn from various ministries and government departments have been lined up for the examination.

Grading system

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion wants the examinations body to ensure that this time round “there is fair grading” in the national examination.

According to Hon. Sossion fair grading system will ensure students achieve their ambitions by securing vacancies in institutions of higher learning.

“The 140,000 vacancies in public universities this time round ought to be filled by local students,” said Mr Sossion.

Out of some 606,394 candidates who sat last year’s KCSE examination, only 69,151 scored a mean grade of C+ and above, the minimum required to join university.