Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 2021 candidates have been dealt a blow after a court gave a greenlight to KNEC to merge examination centres with less than 30 teachers.
This now means candidates will not necessarily take their exams from centres they registered. Some of them may now have to walk long distances to sit the tests.
KNEC had been sued over three circulars issued in May, June and July last year on management of 2021 and 2022 KCPE and KCSE.
Justice Mrima, who was ruling in a court case over circulars issued by KNEC on joint hosting of examination centres, found that the council can change them but ought to consult stakeholders.
At the same time, Mrima ruled that due to the application of technology, candidates may not need to appear physically in the places they had registered in.
Justice Mrima heard that even though the council had previously registered schools with more than 15 candidates to be examination centers, there were still challenges of many examination centers demanding for higher personnel.
This means that each centre required managers, supervisors and invigilators, hence, increasing the cost of running the examinations.
The examination body while appearing in court argued that with the reduction of examination centres, the monitoring would be effectively conducted to deter malpractices and maintain the integrity of the examination.
According to statistics from KNEC, had registered 608 and 91 new KCPE and KCSE examination centres respectively with less than 30 candidates. At the same time, it had also registered 27 new centres with less than 15 candidates.