Mombasa, KENYA: Over 900,000 candidates all over the country on Monday sat for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.
So far, no irregularity, delay or any challenge has been reported in Mombasa and Coast the region at large.
Head teachers and security officers have been seen at various collection points to pick up the day’s papers; that is, Mathematics, English Language and English Composition.
Unlike previous years, for the first time candidates will not be allowed to enter exam rooms with geometrical sets and clipboards.
In Kilifi, the exercise has also been reported to have started without any hitches.
Kilifi Police boss Alexander Makau says they have formed a special unit to counter any suspicious moves.
“We cautioned anyone planning to disrupt the exam process as we shall not allow this to happen.” Said Makau.
In Lamu, Education officer Peter Magiri says everything is going on as planned and they have received supervisors from the Kenya National Examination Council KNEC.
There are more than 2,000 candidates in the County of Lamu.
On Monday, Coast Regional coordinator Nelson Marwa cautioned politicians against supplying food to the candidates in all exam centers in the region; a matter that has not gone well with some of the leaders.
After last year’s unprecedented leakage and cheating, Education CS Fred Matiang’i assured Kenyans of stringent measures to restore credibility in this year’s exams.
One of the measures that has been introduced, is headteachers being exam center managers in the 26,308 KCPE centers countrywide.
On Wednesday, the candidates will sit for Science, Kiswahili Lugha and Kiswahili Insha. The exam is scheduled to end on Thursday with Social studies and Religious Education exams.